In Pizzeria's 25-Cent Toy Machine, Kid Finds ... Pills?

Police are investigating how prescription meds ended up in the machine
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2016 12:40 PM CDT
A drug enforcement agent shows a different pill on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016.   (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

(Newser) – A mother's alarming Facebook post about a 25-cent vending machine dispensing medication instead of toys to her 7-year-old daughter has gone viral in the days before Halloween. Courtney Jones allowed her mother to give her youngest daughter, Allyson, three quarters at the Rochester House of Pizza in New Hampshire last week, but the machine dispensed two toys and a container of prescription pills, reports WSB Radio. Jones says she counted one capsule and three pills, one of which was broken in half, and took them to police after the restaurant's manager simply taped over the machine. She says her daughter was old enough to know it's not candy, "but had she been younger maybe she wouldn't have known" and hopes another child doesn't find pills and "accidentally eat them."

Rochester police, meanwhile, tell WMUR that the pills have been confirmed to be blood pressure medication, and that while no other drugs were found and they believe it to be an isolated event, their investigation is ongoing. Jones, meanwhile, is worried that, because the supplier buys the toys and treats in bulk from out of state, similar mistakes may be occurring elsewhere to unsuspecting children and parents. She writes: "It's also a good reminder that Halloween is coming and even though you think people like this don't live around here it's obvious they do. Check and double check your child's candy." Her post has been shared more than 4,000 times. (Counterfeit pills have been killing people in California.)

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