The Partnership at Drugfree.org received similar responses from the DEA when they attempted to run the “strawberry quick” rumors to ground:
Experts say that there’s a real possibility that local police are confusing colored meth — which is relatively common — with flavored meth. Tom McNamara, a meth trainer and special-projects coordinator for the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force Group, told Join Together that meth made from Sudafed or some generic versions of the drug will have a light-pink color because of the dye used in the pills. Moreover, he said, meth made from anhydrous ammonia treated with GloTell — a chemical marker designed to discourage thefts — will be bright pink. The drug also can appear greenish or blue.
However, after those early warnings about Strawberry Quick worked their way to the public through police, schools, and the news media, federal drug enforcement officials began issuing corrections that described such rumors as unfounded. While colored versions of methamphetamine that somewhat resemble candy may have been found, the notion that drug dealers are deliberately targeting children by producing flavored versions of the drug intended to mimic the appearance and taste of candy appears to have been based on mistaken assumptions: When colored versions of meth turn up, the coloring of the drug is likely incidental to the manufacturing process (rather than a quality deliberately introduced to increase the appeal of meth), and since police labs don’t generally test drugs for flavoring ingredients, statements about seizures of flavored meth have probably been based solely on the drug’s brightly hued appearance and not on its actual taste.
They are calling this new form of meth “Strawberry Quick” and it looks like the “Pop Rocks” candy that sizzle in your mouth. In it’s current form, it is dark pink in color and has a strawberry scent to it.
“We’ve had that forever,” said McNamara of colored meth, whereas his inquiries about flavored meth have yielded nothing.
Police have sometimes seized colored versions of crystal meth that resemble candy.
“We checked with all of our labs, and there’s nothing to it,” U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Michael Sanders said. “It’s not a trend or a real problem; I think that this was maybe someone with good intentions but jumped the gun.”
As of September 2017 versions of the warning still circulated on social media, some appended with a new image of the purported “strawberry quick”:
An e-mail is circulating — forwarded from one worried parent to the next — claiming that drug dealers are targeting children with a pink, berry-flavored methamphetamine known as “strawberry quick.” While the e-mail is composed of unnerving details, pleading with recipients to pass it along, authorities said its claims are little more than “urban legend.”
A rumor suggested drug dealers were selling pink colored methamphetamine known as 'Strawberry Quick' to children. Let's break this claim down.
So, if you are forwarding this message to your Facebook friends, you are perpetuating what seems to be a baseless scare rather than providing a useful warning.
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For the last few days Naked Security has received enquiries from readers asking about a message that has been widely shared across Facebook.
“If you really want to save time, just delete your facebook account. It is a huge time waste.”
Although the message isn’t related to computer security issues, it seems to have raised enough concern that it feels appropriate to discuss it here.
. There is a drug going around the schools . It's known as Strawberry Quick . or strawberry meth . it looks like pop rocks that kids eat, smells like strawberries &. also comes in other flavors like chocolate, etc. Please tell your children not to take candy from anyone even a classmate 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!
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Nonsense messages like this clog up social networks just like commercial spam, wasting time and hardly helping the signal:noise ratio.
The message, which is sometimes distributed with an image of what appears to be pink-coloured crystalized methamphetamine, claims that children are being targeted with drugs that taste of strawberries.
Facebook users are sharing messages warning that children are being targeted with strawberry-flavoured crystal meth. But is there any truth in the widespread warning?