A rumour claims that a drug called “strawberry quik” is being handed out at schools . The warning claims it is actually crystal meth and that it may look like pop rocks and smell and tastes likes strawberries.
Some examples of the warning can be seen below –
ALL PARENTS PLEASE BE AWARE!! …There is a drug going around the schools …Its known as Strawberry Quick …or strawberry meth …it looks like pop rocks kids eat & also smells like strawberries & also comes in other flavors like chocolate etc … Please tell your children not to take candy from anyone even a class mate because this drug that looks like pop rocks is actually crystal meth rocked up with strawberry flavor & can kill them :`( …PLEASE RE-POST!!! so all parents are aware of this …Thank You! This is happening all over the country!!!! PLEASE PRAY FOR ALL THE CHILDREN!!
New drug in Schools Please pass this on even if you do not have kids in school. Every one should know about this drug.This is a new drug known as ‘strawberry quick ‘.There is a very scary thing going on in the schools right now that we all need to be aware of.There is a type of crystal meth going around that looks like strawberry pop rocks (the candy that sizzles and ‘pops’ in your mouth). It also smells like strawberry and it is being handed out to kids in school yards. They are calling it strawberry meth or strawberry quick.Kids are ingesting this thinking that it is candy and being rushed off to the hospital in dire condition. It also comes in chocolate, peanut butter, cola, cherry, grape and orange.Please instruct your children not to accept candy from strangers and even not to accept candy that looks like this from a friend (who may have been given it and believed it is candy) and to take any that they may have to a teacher, principal, etc. immediately.Pass this email on to as many people as you can (even if they don’t have kids) so that we can raise awareness and hopefully prevent any tragedies from occurring..!!
Despite many of these warnings dressing themselves up as “breaking news” about a “new” drug, the fact that these rumours warning of “strawberry quik” have been circulating the Internet since 2007 should be enough to dismiss those claims.
Concerning the claim that Crystal Meth can in some cases take the form of a pink hue that may make the dangerous drug appear – from a purely aesthetic view – look like candy, this is true, and in isolated some cases police have found evidence that meth can be used with various flavourings.
However the crux of the above rumours is that the crystal meth is deliberately given a strawberry taste and look so it can be used to target children. This type of scarelore is extremely popular, especially in the run up to Halloween as various fake warnings tend to circulate concerning drugs being given out with Halloween candy.
However these rumours are often nothing more than alarmist rumours based on misinformation and hearsay. The DEA claimed in 2010 that they have never had one case of a drug seizure where the drugs appeared to had been deliberately made appealing to children as so they could be targeted, as noted by a spokesperson Michael Sanders in 2010 –
We checked with all of our labs, and there’s nothing to it. It’s not a trend or a real problem; I think that this was maybe someone with good intentions but jumped the gun.
Even mainstream media reports surrounding this topic only limit themselves to reporting on the warnings themselves, and fail to provide any sources of this actually occurring.
In fact in most cases that we could find, the pink appearance was due to either the natural effects of the production process or in an effort to evade detection from law enforcement. We could find no instances where crystal meth was being designed to appear like candy so it could be used to target children – nor any logical reason why; children aren’t likely to make the best customers of such a comparatively expensive product.
Various images that come attached to these rumours that purportedly show the drug outlined in the warning depict either actual candy, other drugs not related to the rumours or of crystal meth that was seized by authorities but was not targeted towards children.
Of course it is important to teaching your children the dangers of taking candy from strangers, but no one is helped by inaccurate and alarmist information such as this.