A Columbus high school student was found with candy that looked like Sweet Tarts, but was actually laced with Xanax.

Called “Xanie Tarts,” it would be hard to know that the candy was contaminated until it was eaten, Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers said.

Xanax is used to treat anxiety disorders. Its side effects include drowsiness, slurred speech, lack of coordination, memory problems or anxiety.

The candy was found on a 17-year-old high school student in Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.

Last year, an Indiana University student was charged with selling Xanax-laced gummy candy out of his off-campus apartment, the sheriff’s department said. But as far as the local department knows, this is the first time the drug-laced candy has appeared in Bartholomew County.

“Apparently, the candy’s appearance is not changed by this process,” Myers said of the candy being laced with Xanax.

Sheriff’s deputies are concerned that someone might overdose if they eat the candy unaware that it contains drugs, Myers said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.