Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Update on "Strawberry Quick"

Just yesterday I posted here at Roxiticus Desperate Housewives about a "new drug going around in schools, known as strawberry quick" after receiving an e-mail from another Mendham Township Elementary School mom, who had passed it along to create awareness of a potential danger for our young children. Turns out I should have checked my facts before passing along the message to you. Thanks to the Library Lady for debunking this myth with a link to

According to Snopes, while colored crystal meth has turned up in many parts of the country since the original rumor started in May 2007, it wasn't then (and still isn't) linked to crystal meth use by children. "It's colored. It might be flavored. But people aren't using it to hook unsuspecting kids into a life of drug abuse by tricking them into thinking it's candy."

While the "strawberry quick" rumor turned out to be an exaggeration of the facts, it doesn't feel that much different than the cautionary tales of razor blades in Halloween candy when I was growing up. There are a lot of wackos out there, and we're all better off with a bit of caution where our kids are concerned.

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