A reader contacted the Newton Independent on Friday after a friend here in Newton received a disturbing text message warning parents that a new form of crystal methamphetamine that smells like strawberry "Pop Rocks" candy is being distributed to children. The reader asked that I look into the matter.
It appears such messages have exploded across the globe in recent days warning parents to "please be aware."
The message, however, is mostly an unfounded rumor that dates back to 2007. It is a mixture of true and false statements. While law enforcement have seized cyrstal meth that has a pinkish color, the color is incidental to the manufacturing process. That children are being targeted with the distribution of "Strawberry Quick" at school is unfounded.
Stories of police trying to allay parent fears have recently appeared in papers around the world.