• Email Warning about “Strawberry Meth” tagged as False Alarm

    An email alert about the spread of strawberry meth has started circulating in the public since 2007. In February 2012, a worried parent allegedly forwarded a message via email warning other parents about drug dealers manufacturing strawberry meth candies that are targeted at children.

    The news rapidly sent alarm to concerned parents through police, schools, and the media. Finally in 2010, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration released an official statement claiming that the email scare about drug dealers deliberately producing strawberry-flavored crystal meth for children is unfounded. According to DEA spokesman Michael Sanders, the federal drug enforcement officials already checked with their laboratories to validate if the colored versions of crystal contain illicit drugs, but there was nothing to it.

    Some law enforcement officers have reportedly encountered strawberry-flavored meth candies, but found no evidence on drug dealers who are creating and selling the so-called “Strawberry Quick.” The name “Strawberry Quick” was coined after strawberry Quik, the powder that is used to make strawberry-flavored milk drinks. The Strawberry Quick was first reported to be circulating around United States.

    Similarly, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) claimed that there has been no concrete evidence on actual seizures made by police officers involving strawberry meth. Sanders said that the email might have come from “someone with good intentions but jumped the gun.”

    Experts believe that local police might have mistaken colored meth as strawberry meth. Tom Mcnamara, a meth trainer and special projects coordinator from the Southern Illinois Task Force Group said that it is normal for meth to turn light pink in color. Sudafed meth is normally pink in color because of the dye used in the pills. Meth that is treated with Glotell can also turn pink, sometimes blue or green.

    The ONDCP is now working together with DEA to penalize any organization that tries to disseminate the email scare.

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