‘Xanie Tarts’: Police warn parents to be on the lookout for Xanax-laced Sweet Tarts candy

It looks just like candy and tastes like candy, but it’s making children and teens lose their balance, have poor coordination, and experience a number of other dangerous side effects.

“Xanie Tarts” are Xanax-laced Sweet Tart candies that are making their way through schools, particularly in Columbus, Indiana.

“This looks like candy. Different color here….It looks like maybe a liquid had been put on those but they look like candy,” said Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers.

Myers knows the “candy” well after parents in Bartholomew County, Indiana, called the police when their 17-year-old consumed Xanie Tarts and became “out of control.” He’s now warning parents to be on the lookout. The drug-laced candy looks the same as the real thing, but it has a shinier tint as if liquid were added in.

Xanax is a prescription-based medication used for anxiety disorders and phobias. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH), the medication has been known to relax the entire body and promote peaceful sleep, but some people abuse the drug in an attempt to feel a “high.”

The high feeling comes with a price, including harsh side effects such as dizziness, loss of coordination and balance, headaches, fatigue, constipation, seizures, memory problems and mood changes. It can also lead to addiction. If overdose occurs, the side effects can include coma, slurred speech, blurred vision, and even death.

If you suspect your child or anyone else consumed Xanie Tarts, contact medical help immediately.