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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Seeking Advice from Moms with Older Kids: There’s a New Drug in the Schools, When and How Do You Talk to Your Kids About Drugs?

Greetings loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives readers. As you may know, Rex and I have two sweet daughters: London (7.5 in second grade) and Maddie (6.5 in first grade). This morning, I received an e-mail from another mother of a second grader, who started to talk to her daughter about drugs, based on the information I am about to share with all of you. “It was the first time I really talked to her about DRUGS... she really didn't get it which scared me enough to make a note to have more conversations in our house about the possibility of this happening to her or any of our kids. Even though they do talk about it in school, that won't be enough down the road.

The e-mail chain of moms asked me to please pass the following message on to you and ask all of you to do the same, even if you do not have kids in school. Parents should know about this killer drug. Grandparents, send it to your families and friends.

There is a very scary thing going around in the schools right now that we all need to be aware of... it is a new drug known as “strawberry quick,” a type of crystal meth that looks like strawberry pop rocks (the candy that sizzles and 'pops' in your mouth). It also smells like strawberry and it is being handed out to kids in school yards. They are calling it strawberry meth or strawberry quick. Young kids are ingesting this drug, thinking that it is candy and being rushed off to the hospital in dire condition. It may also come in chocolate, peanut butter, cola, cherry, grape and orange.

Please instruct your children not to accept candy from strangers and even not to accept candy that looks like this from a friend (who may have been given it and believed it is candy) and to take any that they may have to a teacher, principal, etc. immediately.

Here's a link to a report from Fox News. Please pass this message on to as many people as you can (even if they don't have kids) so that we can raise awareness and hopefully prevent any tragedies from occurring.

I'm going to talk to London and Maddie about "strawberry quick" and awareness of the dangers of drugs at the dinner table tonight, and try to start a line of communication about drugs that makes them aware while not confusing them or creating unnecessary fear. I'd welcome any advice you moms out there can give me about when and how you have talked to your children about drugs.

4 comments:

The Mommy Blogger said...

This blog has a lot of great posts!

Spicybugz said...

Roxy, as you know, I've raised 3 sons. They are now adult men. I am now raising my grandchildren as my own. My advice to you is to keep talking to them about all the dangers out there, keep it age appropriate as the years go by. Always let them know that they can come and talk to you about everything and anything. It's a scary world out there for sure.

Library Lady said...

It's good to be aware as a parent. But it's also good to get the facts before you panic!

I checked this on Snopes.com, which is the best place to debunk the stuff you get in e-mails. And this one is definitely a myth.

You can find the link at
http://www.snopes.com/horrors/drugs/candymeth.asp

RoxiticusDH said...

Thanks, Library Lady, for setting us straight...I'm going to post an update, and will send the Snopes link around to the e-mail chain.

Roxy