A WARNING has been issued concerning drug-infused sweets and chocolate.

North Yorkshire Police say they have been made aware of a recent increase in availability and use of edibles across the county.

PC Lauren Green said: “We want to make parents and carers aware that we have seen a slight rise in young people being in possession of drug-infused sweets known as edibles.

“They can look very similar to well-known sweets such as Haribo, Smarties and chocolate bars. Edibles can be laced with illegal drugs such as cannabis and MDMA.

“Unregulated sweets like these are dangerous as we don’t know what levels of drugs they contain.

"They are available to buy on the internet and so could easily be obtained by young people, especially at this time when they are using the internet more than ever due to the coronavirus restrictions.”

For information, guidance and support, visit northyorkshire.police.uk/staying-safe/young-people-and-drugs-where-to-get-help/

Anyone with information about suspected illegal drug use or drug dealing is urged to phone North Yorkshire Police on 101.

If you would prefer to remain anonymous, phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.