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December 16, 1974

Drugs and Candy

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Crown Point, Ind

JAMA. 1974;230(11):1513. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240110017009

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To the Editor.—  There have recently appeared on the market new modalities of mint drops and similar products closely resembling pharmaceuticals in shape, color, and packaging. One such comes under the brand name of Dentyne Dynamints.It seems to me that this novel presentation, though attractive, poses a risk for children who are given these products, as it makes it more difficult for them to discern between candy and drugs that may fall into their hands.Perhaps manufacturers would reconsider marketing their wares under this form if their attention is called to its potential hazard. In any case, parents should be warned.