Posts Tagged ‘Methamphetamine’

“Strawberry Quick”: Should Parents be Worried?

Friday, September 26th, 2008


If you're a parent, chances are a friend or family member has recently sent you an e-mail about "Strawberry Quick," as this e-mail has really been making the rounds. (In some e-mails, it's spelled "Strawberry Quik." Both are named after the powder used to make flavored milk drinks.)

Apparently some drug dealers are selling colored crystal methamphetamine that resembles "Pop Rocks" and other forms of candy. It has been nicknamed "Strawberry Quick." That much has been confirmed here by Snopes.com.

There's also a rumor that drug dealers are selling crystal meth that has been flavored to make it more appealing to kids. That's somewhat in dispute, says Snopes.com. Check out their explanation for both sides of that part of the story.


Should we be talking with our kids about Strawberry Quick? Absolutely. Logic says that a kid could be given this stuff by a friend who had innocently received it from another friend and who didn't even know he or she was sharing a dangerous drug. I talked with my seventh grader about it and showed him these photos.

Of course, it's always important to check out these e-mails with Snopes.com (or with your local police department). We have more credibility with our kids (and we might save ourselves needless anxiety) when we make it a policy to always verify the facts.

In this case, there appears to be a great deal of truth here. And unfortunately, it's wrapped in a yummy-looking pink package.


Meth: It’s Everywhere

Thursday, October 18th, 2007


I’m happy to report that the Parenting Teens Resource Network is running a piece I’ve written on the dangers of methamphetamine. But it’s the editor’s comments, written by Carey Simon, that will really get your attention.

"I searched for cocaine, and several sites came up offering to
show me how to make crack at home," says Simon, noting that our kids are practically living on the Internet these days, where all this info is at their fingertips. "Another web site instructed me on
how to pass a methamphetamine test. Then I discovered that it’s just as
easy to learn how to make crystal meth," she adds.

As parents, we’re all busy, I know. But we simply have to take the time to educate ourselves about the current crop of illegal drugs that are all too available to our children. The Parenting Teens Resource Network is a good place to start.