Rainbow fentanyl – the newest Halloween scare

Bags of heroin, some laced with fentanyl, are displayed before a press conference, at the office of the New York Attorney General, in 2016. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Quality Journalism for Critical Times

By Joel Best

Every year around the middle of October, reporters start contacting me wanting to talk about rumors of contaminated Halloween treats.

That’s because I track media coverage of reported incidents of trick-or-treaters receiving razor blades in apples or pins and poison in candy bars. My data go back to 1958, and my principal finding is simple: I can’t find any evidence that any child has

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