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Antipsychotic, antihistamine medication found in Halloween candy in St. Marys

by: Jenna Bourne Updated:


ST. MARYS, Ga. - The St. Marys Police Department is investigating after a pill was found in a Snickers candy bar.

A family reportedly found in a bite-sized and a fun-sized Snickers bars two pills: Risperdal (risperidone), an antipsychotic medication and Loratadine, an antihistamine.

Grandmother Mary Jones said her grandkids were trick or treating and eating candy along the way an apartment complex in St. Marys when they started feeling sick and had to go home. Now she thinks she knows why.

Jones isn’t taking any chances with the rest of her grandkids’ Halloween candy and checked each one piece by gooey piece.

“It’s a possibility. We don’t never know,” Jones said.
She said her daughter bit into one of her grandson’s Snickers bars and saw a pill in the other half.

“I said, ‘Emily, we need to call 911 on this,’” Jones said.

Then they found this second Snickers with another pill inside and called 911 again.

St. Marys police tested those pills and found they were antipsychotic medication Risperdal, which is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and an antihistamine called Loratadine.

“How dare – how dare anybody,” Jones said

Action News Jax crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson said it’s nearly impossible to track who this candy came from.

“More than likely, no one is going to come forward unless they just have a very guilty conscience,” Jefferson said.

As police investigate, Jones said she won’t let her grandkids take that risk ever again.

“My grandkids are not going trick or treating anymore. That’s it,” Jones said.

Jones said the wrappers on the tainted candy seemed to still be intact. That’s why St. Marys police said they encourage all parents to go as far as slicing their kids’ candy into pieces before they eat it. Police also said if you or your children start feeling sick after eating Halloween candy, get medical attention right away.