Strawberry Quik-Dangerous Drug or a Social Media Frenzy Revived
I have seen several posts from friends on facebook in the last few days about a drug called Strawberry Quik. It is said to resemble Pop Rocks candy and is a flavored form of crystal meth. As I have been reading the warnings, it dawned on me that this isn't the first time I have heard about this drug.
From a facebook post:
THIS REALLY SCARES ME! ALL PARENTS PLEASE BE AWARE!! ...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
Apparently this warning has been going around since 2007, and it is creeping up on social networking again.
According to facecrooks.com:
Here is a breakdown of the facts:
- No cases of children using flavored Meth have been verified.
- There can be different colors of Crystal Meth, so it is possible that some varieties could easily be pink and resemble Strawberry Quick, Pop Rocks or other substances. Color variations can be intentional or due to the manufacturing processes employed.
- Drug dealers could add flavoring substances to make the drug more appealing and to mask the taste of the harsh chemicals used in the manufacturing process.
- Drug dealers have been known to target children in the past. They are the dregs of society and obviously have no regard for the safety and well being of others. Morality is a complex issue, and of course there are drug dealers that would not purposefully target children, but it can and does happen.
- Michael Sanders, of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, has stated, “It’s not a trend or a real problem.”
So, the bottom line is that the warning is basically unfounded and exaggerated, but in theory it could occur.
Snopes.com has this posted on their website about the drug.
So yes in theory this drug could be out in the world. If a drug dealer wants to get drugs into the hands of a child then they will do everything in their power to make that happen. That is where we as parents step in and give our children the facts about drugs. Tell them about the side effects and the dangers. Let them know where we stand on drug use.
Eventually, your child will be faced with peer pressure and the opportunity to do a drug but if you have educated them on the drug then you have done your job. And all you can do is hope and pray that they listen.
According to several sources no cases of children using the drug Strawberry Quik have been verified.