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Warnings of an
Illegal Methamphetamine Substance Called "Strawberry
Summary of the eRumor: The eRumor warns of a new form
of delivering illegal methamphetamine to children by making it into a
strawberry flavored crystal or powder.
The Truth: The eRumor is true and only
the latest form in which methamphetamine has been mixed with sweet
An Associated Press story published in newspapers across the U.S. on May
1, 2007 focused on discoveries of what appeared to be a
strawberry-flavored children's drink at the scene of an illegal meth
lab. It has come to be known as "Strawberry
Quick." It has no connection with the popular Nestle QUIK
flavored milk products now renamed Nestle Nesquik. Chris Harrison,
a chemist at the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory, says that meth is
bitter to the makers try to take that edge off any way they can and have
used lollipops, sodas, candy, and anything else they can to make it
easier for first-time users. The article said that the
"Strawberry Quick" angle came to light in January when the
Nevada Department of Public Safety issued a warning about
The Strawberry meth has been reported in several states including
Missouri, Washington State, Wisconsin, and Texas, Nevada, and
Because of the sweet taste and candy-like appearance there is concern
about children coming into contact with it but experts say its not been
made that way just for the purpose of introducing it to children.
Giving it a sweet taste and a harmless-sounding name is a marketing
technique to ease it into the hands of any potential victim.
According to a release from California Senator Dianne Feinstein she has
joined with Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa to sponsor a bill in congress
that would make it a federal crime to appeal to children with
candy-flavored meth or other drugs. Feinstein said that substances
like "Strawberry Quick" are "...designed to get people to
try it a few times. It's all about hooking young people, and we
have to stop this practice before it grows any further."
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
This stuff is starting to turn up in
I thought it may be a good idea to put out an email so
that those with children
can remind them not to take unpackaged candy from anyone in school
and of course, those they don't know.
Apparently, this meth is sweet and candy like, similar to pop rock
crystals. The letter shows a picture of what is being recovered by
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