KLEW Investigates: Strawberry-Flavored Meth
LEWISTON, ID —
Have you ever heard of strawberry quick? It sounds like a popular flavored milk, but it's actually a nickname for so-called flavored meth.
It's supposedly the newest fad drug, named for its distinct fruity flavor that attracts children.
It's a scary thought - drug dealers targeting your children by adding delicious flavors to deadly drugs. It's prompted parents to share the warning thousands of times on social media.
While the pictures may change, the warning is the same. Drug dealers are giving children meth disguised as candy.
Lewiston Police's Lt. Jeff Klone says,"We understand that there are concerns when it comes to children."
"Strawberry quick,"a fruity flavored, pink-hued form of methamphetamine sounds like something straight out of the hit TV show, "Breaking Bad," which helped put the phrase "blue meth" into the mainstream vocabulary. I asked Lieutenant Klone of the Lewiston Police Department if they've seen anything like this in the valley.
Lt. Klone says this is the first time he'd heard of flavored meth. "We've come across colored meth in the past," he says.
And that's about the extent of the truth to this drug scare.
"Our narcotics detectives have not come across that, they aren't aware of any type of flavored meth in the valley," Lt. Klone says.
The story of "strawberry meth" is so unnerving, it's even fooled news stations into sharing it. So KLEW News reporter Shannon Moudy went one step further, making a call to Washington D.C.
An automated voice greets, "You have reached the Drug Enforcement Administration headquarers."
Shannon then spoke with a real person, who confirmed, "Flavored meth isn't something we're seeing."
This drug scare has actually been floating around the internet like a bad chain letter for 10 years and resurfaces every once in a while.
Lt. Klone warns, "Like everybody's heard, you can't believe everything that's on Facebook."
There are nuggets of truth to this story, however. The DEA says colored meth is often used to attract younger users, which could include teenagers, but they say it's highly unlikely to target young children. One red flag that exposes this particular hoax is that drug dealers are in the business of making money, and school-age children don't usually have the type of money it takes to purchase expensive drugs.
Lieutenant Klone says even though this particular case rings mostly untrue, parents fears about drugs aren't unfounded.
There are types of drugs that may look like candy, including ecstacy. Some drugs are even added to candy or food, such as marijuana edibles.
Children may inadvertantly consume these types of drugs, but again, there are no reports of dealers trying to give children these drugs on purpose.
This does serve as an important reminder to teach your kids about never taking anything, candy or not, from a stranger.
Lt. Klone adds, "There's things out there, people will do some dumb things that can be dangerous and so having that conversation with them about what can happen is important."