No truth in Strawberry Quik drug rumours

strawberry quikEmails and social media are buzzing in South Africa with the rumour of a new drug being peddled to school children.

However, this rumour first surfaced in America in 2007 and is devoid of truth and no cases of children using flavored meth have been verified.

Drug dealers are allegedly using coloring and flavoring to disguise  methamphetamine as Strawberry Quik, thus making them more appealing to children.

It is possible for poorly synthesized batches of methamphetamine to have a pink or very light reddish color. This is most likely caused by the colored dyes present in over the counter drugs used in the production meth, such as cold medicine containing ephedrine.

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The rumour doing the rounds in South Africa states that there is a type of crystal meth going around that looks like strawberry pop rocks (the candy that sizzles and ‘pops’ in your mouth). It smells like strawberry and it is being handed out to kids in school yards.

Parents can be assured that it is nothing more than a rumour.

Tru march 13