Teen girl given a ziplock bag full of drugs instead of lollies when out trick-or-treating with friends.
Ellie Hawes was horrified when her 13-year-old daughter returned from her candy hunt around Blackalls Park on the NSW Central Coast on Tuesday evening.
‘We both instantly knew what they were and that it was not right. She was very frightened,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
‘I felt sick to my stomach that someone would give drugs to a teenager like this.’
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Ms Hawes said after initially being told by police it would be ‘too expensive’ to look into the incident and to flush the drugs down the toilet, they were now investigating.
Inspector Paul Battley said there were no other reports of children being handed medication, but police were concerned about what was in them.
‘Upon reviewing the case police commenced an investigation and are treating the matter very seriously,’ he said.
Ms Hawes said: ‘A police officer came back this afternoon and questioned my daughter and she indicated on a map the location they walked. They also seized the medication as I didn’t “flush” it.’
The concerned mother said her daughter and several friends walked around four streets near their home holding out pillow cases for residents to drop lollies into.
The drugs were not discovered until her daughter emptied the pillow case and she didn’t know which house they came from.
‘I am hoping it was just a mistake by maybe an elderly person. Can’t be taken lightly though because it could very well have made a child sick,’ she said.
Ms Hawes warned other parents on community Facebook, and one commenter said the pills looked like over-the-counter and prescription medication.
‘A valuable lesson learned no matter how responsible our teens are it’s way to easy to become complacent. I won’t make the same mistake twice,’ she said.
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