BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The illegal distribution of Fentanyl is an ongoing problem in Louisiana, and now authorities are warning locals about a new form of the drug that’s been packaged to look like candy.

Some worry that because of the drug’s new look, children may be enticed to take it.

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently issued a warning about this “alarming, emerging trend” among criminals.

Mental Health Advocate, Tonja Myles believes Louisiana could be at risk.

Myles said, “There are people who are out there who are trying to entice our kids. And so they do that by using, you know, colors and different things that are fun and animated. That might look cool to them, but it’s not.”

At this time, there are no reports of the “Rainbow Fentanyl” pills being distributed to children in Louisiana. But Myles says fentanyl is fentanyl, whether it comes in the form of rainbow-colored pills or gummies, children should not consume it.

Myles said, “Fentanyl should be given by a licensed health care provider point blank period.”

In anticipation of any dangers the rainbow-colored pills might cause among local students, school officials have already detailed how they’ll handle drug-related incidents, should they occur.

Stacey Dupre, Chief Officer for Support & Special Projects in East Baton Rouge Schools, touched on this when she said, “Any student found in violation… shall be suspended and recommended for expulsion by the principal.”

The school district will also be using ‘I Care’ programs to educate students about substance abuse.

Essentially, officials say there’s no need for panic, but parents should be aware of the warning from the DEA.