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  Syringe sweets cause concern
Updated 09 May 2002, 17.15

Sweets shaped like heroin syringes are causing concern among parents and MPs.

The "Freekee Drops" sell for 10p and people are worried that they could tempt children to start taking real drugs.

The sweets come in a packet which show a dribbling cartoon character who has rolling, spaced-out eyes.

The tube is full of red liquid which is shaped like a syringe and has to be squeezed to get the contents out.

"Despicable" sweets

Brian Donohoe, a Labour MP in Glasgow, Scotland said the "despicable" item was bought from an ice-cream van by a five-year-old who mimicked using it to inject drugs.

And some children have even told their parents they are "addicts" to the sweet.

Brian Donohoe wants the sweets banned in the UK. He's also asked Tony Blair to pursuade the Spanish Government to stop making them.



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