"Strawberry Quick" Drug Warning

Strawberry Quick drug warning
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Viral messages warn of a new, candy-flavored form of methamphetamine targeted at young people called "strawberry meth" (aka "Strawberry Quick" meth).

Description: Viral warnings
Circulating since: March 2007
Status: Mostly false (details below)
See also: 2013 version

Example #1:
Email contributed by Linda S., June 6, 2007:


Really scary.

This is so sad!!!

Children's Meth

There is a very scary thing going on in the schools right now that all need to be aware of. There is a type of crystal meth going around that looks like strawberry pop rocks. It smells like strawberry also and it is being handed out to kids in school yards in AR. I'm sure it will make its way around the country if it hasn't already. Kids are ingesting this thinking that it is candy and being rushed off to the E.R. in dire condition.

It also comes in chocolate, peanut butter, cola, cherry, grape and orange - it looks just like pop rocks.

Please instruct your children to not accept candy that looks like this even from a friend and to take any that they may have to a teacher, principal, etc.

Please pass this around it could save some family a lot of heartache!

That is what they are calling strawberry meth or strawberry quick.

Thought you'd want to know.

Example #2:
Email contributed by Madelynn, April 30, 2007:

Subject: Strawberry Meth

I have been alerted by one of our EMT's for our volunteer fire department that they have received emails from emergency responder organizations to be on the lookout for a new form of Crystalized Meth that is targeted at children and to be aware of this new form if called to an emergency involving a child that may have symptoms of drug induction or overdose.

They are calling this new form of meth "Strawberry Quick" and it looks like the "Pop Rocks" candy that sizzle in your mouth. In it's current form, it is dark pink in color and has a strawberry scent to it.

Please advise your children and their friends and other students not to accept candy from strangers as this is obviously an attempt to seduce children into drug use. They also need to be cautious in accepting candy from even friends that may have received it from someone else, thinking it is just candy.

I don't want this email to scare anyone, but as a parent, coach, volunteer firefighter and friend, I thought it would be best to share this with you, so you can once again talk to your children about the effects of drugs and how easy it could be to take drugs without knowing it, until it is too late. I worry, just as each of you do about kids and drugs and all the problems our kids today are faced with. So please talk with your children about this newest threat to get children addicted to drugs!


Click above for a news article about this from just across the state line in Missouri.What typically is not in this part of the country is now not too far from us here in Northwest Arkansas.

Take care, God Bless and I've said a prayer that none of our kids will ever be faced with taking or being addicted to drugs!

Analysis: Drug enforcement officials confirm that pink-tinted varieties of crystal meth do exist, but reports of strawberry-flavored methamphetamine ('Strawberry Quick') remain unsubstantiated.

In March 2007, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced it had received reports of drug traffickers offering candy-flavored methamphetamine for sale in western and midwestern states from California to Minnesota in the form of colorful crystals resembling Pop Rocks.

The first such report had been issued three months earlier by the Nevada Department of Public Safety after samples of what narcotics agents believed to be strawberry-flavored meth — nicknamed "Strawberry Quick" — were confiscated in a drug raid. State officials speculated that illegal drug manufacturers were experimentally reformulating crystal meth by adding strawberry and other sweet flavorings to make the bitter-tasting, highly addictive stimulant more attractive to potential teenage customers.

"Flavored" vs. "Colored" Meth

After several months of following up on these reports, however, DEA officials told reporters they "hadn't seen much" in the way of actual seizures of flavored methamphetamine and that the DEA itself had yet to seize or analyze any of the stuff at all.

As of June 2007, experts were speculating that local drug enforcement agencies may have confused samples of colored meth — which is quite common and accounted for by dyes present in the raw ingredients — for what they took to be a new, flavored variety of the drug.

Jeanne Cox, executive director of the Meth Project Foundation, summarized the quandary in a statement to the drug policy website JoinTogether.org: "We are all still trying to figure out what's going on with strawberry meth and if it really exists."

Meanwhile, the waters were further muddied by reports that drug dealers in California had begun marketing new, strawberry- and coconut-flavored varieties of cocaine.

In July 2008 the DEA confirmed receiving samples of pink- and off-white-tinted cocaine (not methamphetamine) with a "generic, sweet, fruity odor."

"Although flavored 'hard' drugs (notably 'strawberry meth') have received extensive press in the mass media," the July 2008 report went on to say, "to date very few such exhibits have been submitted to the DEA Laboratories."

Update: DEA Concludes Flavored Meth Does Not Exist

10/31/08 - According to DEA public affairs officer Barbara Wetherell, the agency has found no evidence to substantiate that Strawberry Quick or any other form of flavored methamphetamine exists. "This is an urban myth," she told ColumbusLocalNews.com in a story published Oct. 31, 2008. "We surveyed all of our offices yesterday (Oct. 30) and we found nothing. This is just one of those emails."

  • A new version of the alert tagged "Halloween Warning" began circulating in Oct. 2007.
  • A new version on a Memorial Physician Services letterhead began circulating in Dec. 2012.

Sources and further reading:

Officials Say Email Claims of 'Strawberry' Meth Little More than Urban Legend
WJHL-TV News, 22 January 2010

DEA: 'Strawberry Quick Meth' Story is an Urban Legend
ColumbusLocalNews.com, 31 October 2008

Cops Debunk Crystal Meth Email
Vancouver Courier, 3 September 2008

New Twist in Illicit Drugs: Fruit Flavor
Sacramento Bee, 26 June 2007

Meth Ado About Nothing?
JoinTogether.org, 22 June 2007

Strawberry Meth Found Throughout West Coast
KNDO-TV News, 7 May 2007

DEA: Flavored Meth Use on the Rise
USA Today, 25 March 2007

Wikipedia article