The Hoax Slayer website, however, points out that the messages are highly exaggerated and inaccurate and can be dated back as far as 2007.
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.
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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.
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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.
For the last few days Naked Security has received enquiries from readers asking about a message that has been widely shared across Facebook.
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?
There’s no credible evidence that drug dealers are manufacturing colored and flavored versions of meth (imitative of candy) with the intent of making them appeal to children.
In early 2007, warnings began to circulate about sweetened and flavored forms of methamphetamine known as “Strawberry Quick” (or “Strawberry Quik,” named after strawberry Quik, a powder used to make flavored milk drinks). Various news accounts about Strawberry Quick first reported it appearing in western states in January 2007 and described it as resembling rock candy or Pop Rocks (a kid-favored confection that fizzles in the mouth), prompting fears that it might fool children and teens into mistakenly perceiving it as candy (or perceiving it as a drug far less dangerous and addictive than it actually is):
Please advise your children and their friends and other students not to accept candy from strangers as this is obviously an attempt to seduce children into drug use. They also need to be cautious in accepting candy from even friends that may have received it from someone else, thinking it is just candy.
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.
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.”
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The Partnership at Drugfree.org received similar responses from the DEA when they attempted to run the “strawberry quick” rumors to ground:
The e-mail scare started circulating around 2007, making its way from community to community, and eventually was picked up by newspapers and television stations across the nation. Even law enforcement bulletins and school officials ran with it.
“The warnings are well-intended, but they have no substance,” he said.
A rumor suggested drug dealers were selling pink colored methamphetamine known as 'Strawberry Quick' to children. Let's break this claim down.