Strawberry Quik meth myth
Strawberry Quik meth was a drug scare which continues in 2016. Drug dealers were allegedly using coloring and flavoring to disguise methamphetamine as Strawberry Quik, thus making them more appealing to children. The story was widely reported in the media, but no cases of children using flavored meth have been verified and is just a prank and/or a media scare.
Emails began to circulate, claiming that meth was being disguised as candy and given to unsuspecting children. Snopes has reported that while colored crystal meth exists, and flavored meth may exist, there is no evidence of it being given to children. It is notable to point out that drug dealers seek clients with a regular source of income, which precludes many children.
Strawberry Quik has also been widely reported in Southern Africa, but it has not yet been verified or proven. Newspapers often state that the drug is being handed to children through school fences in candy wrappers or packets.
Existence of colored or flavored meth
Sometimes meth labs will try to brand their crystal meth product by coloring it in order to make it seem unique and to give it more market appeal. Police and drug enforcement officials have conjectured that the idea for "strawberry meth" may have come from such a process.
It is also possible for poorly synthesized batches of methamphetamine to have a pink or very light reddish color. This is most likely caused by the colored dyes present in over the counter drugs used in the production meth, such as cold medicine containing ephedrine. This coloration would most likely be the result of improper or poorly executed synthesis of meth. While coloration is rare, it is often marketed as having more desirable qualities such as greater potency or less incidence of negative side effects, though there is no consistent evidence to back up such claims. This kind of tactic (marketing unique looking drugs as being better in some respect) is very common among dealers and drug users. The presence of added flavoring and of added color are independent. Crystal methamphetamine-based preparations may be colorless but flavored, may contain coloring but no flavoring, and may be both colored and flavored.
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