Monday, June 25, 2007

Flavored meth: truth or fiction?

Is there really such a thing as strawberry-flavored methamphetamine? Several months ago, the Carson County (Nev.) Sheriff's Department reported seizing a quantity of what was described as strawberry-flavored methamphetamine, dubbed "strawberry quick" after a container of Strawberry Quik drink mix was reportedly found at a meth lab.

Both the Nevada Department of Public Health and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) followed up with warnings about strawberry flavored meth, and reports spread about meth being flavored with chocolate, cola, and more.

Local and national media began picking up the story as well as another about "cheese" heroin, a mix of black-tar heroin and Tylenol PM that has become popular in the Dallas area and is linked to a number of overdose deaths among adolescents.

Only problem is, it seems that no other law enforcement agency has actually found and identified strawberry-flavored meth in their community. So maybe it’s just the rumors that are spreading and not the stuff itself.

Have you heard of this in your community? It was news to me, but then, I’m living in the mid-Atlantic area where meth has not traditionally been the drug of choice. Not like it is in the West and Midwest. Well, at least not yet.

You can read more online about the controversies around flavored meth and “cheese” heroin at Join Together, a program of the Boston University School of Public Health. Since 1991 Join Together has been the nation's leading provider of information, strategic planning assistance, and leadership development for community-based efforts to advance effective alcohol and drug policy, prevention, and treatment.

Thanks for the great work you're doing.

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1 comment:

Grace said...

By this flavored meth, agencies responsible for child welfare, public health, mental health, and education are all affected. So, proper care must be taken.

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