The Division confirmed to the Journal that it has written to colleges and different youngster and youth service suppliers after being notified of the issue by the Public Well being Company.
The Journal has seen a duplicate of the letter which reads: “The aim of this letter is to tell you of a warning now we have acquired from the Public Well being Company that they’re conscious of merchandise that seem like acquainted candy merchandise with vibrant packets, acquainted cartoon photos and that are interesting to youngsters, however that in actual fact include hashish extract or THC (the principle psychoative ingredient in hashish).
“A younger youngster assessed in hospital had inadvertently consumed hashish after discovering what they believed to be a packet of sweets on the bottom. Whereas on nearer inspection the candy packet is labelled as THC, to all different functions they seem like a standard model of sweets that are marketed for kids.”
It additionally urges colleges: “Please are you able to make employees and oldsters conscious of this data contained on this letter.”
The letter issued to colleges was accompannied by a picture of packets of THC containing confectionary that are all however similar to 2 in style and well-known manufacturers of sweets, which have beforehand been seized.
A Department of Education spokesperson confirmed to the Journal: “A letter was issued to all colleges, EOTAS, Pre-school, Schooling Sector Companions, Certain Begin, Youth Service and Unions this week (Wednesday) to tell them that the Division had acquired a warning from the Public Well being Company, that they’re conscious of merchandise that seem like acquainted candy merchandise however that in actual fact include hashish extract, or THC (the principle psychoactive ingredient in hashish).
“The letter additionally requested Principals to make employees and oldsters conscious of the data.”
The faculties have additionally been supplied with data referring to hashish containing merchandise and their results together with the letter.
The recommendation states: “The consequences of THC (TetraHydroCannabinol) entails the central nervous and cardiovascular programs. In adults the consequences are usually gentle and brief lived however ingestion reasonably than inhalation is related to longer lasting results.
“As youngsters typically have a smaller physique mass than adults the consequences could also be extra profound and might embody:
*lethargy, collapse of consciousness