A warning for parents about an alarming trend parents need to know about, especially this time of year.

A warning for parents about an alarming trend parents need to know about, especially this time of year.

It concerns candy laced with drugs. The issue is once again popping up ahead of Halloween.

Criminals use the treats as a way to hide illegal drugs, making them harder for police to track.

Just this week, police near Atlanta, Georgia found pills and lollipops designed to look like candy and famous characters like Homer Simpson, Minions, and Hello Kitty during a drug raid.

This case highlights a serious issue that could happen anywhere. There have been no recent reports of any problems recently around Rochester, but in May 2017, Messenger Post's news partner, News10NBC told you about a case in Elmira. Officers there came across some heroin disguised as SweeTarts while responding to a drug overdose.

Last summer, investigators raided a home in Houston, Texas and found more than $1 million worth of meth-laced candy. The sweets came in the shape of Star Wars characters, Batman, and lollipops.

During Halloween 2017, a mother in Wisconsin found a yellow bag of meth mixed in with the candy her child got after trick-or-treating on an Indian reservation. Luckily, the child did not eat any of it.

Parents should prevent kids from snacking on Halloween candy until they get home and the candy is inspected to see if anything has been tampered with.