COLUMBUS — School and law enforcement officials are sounding an alarm for teachers and parents that a pink, strawberry-flavored variety of crystal methamphetamine could wind up in area schools.
That version of the highly addictive drug has not been seen in central Ohio yet, but law enforcement experts say the fact it could be confused with candy alarms school officials.
Principal Chris Collaros at Evening Street Elementary School in suburban Worthington sent an e-mail to parents this week about the drug.
“Perhaps it is time to dust off the ‘never take candy (or anything) from a stranger’ talk,” Collaros wrote.
In Western states, police say they’ve encountered a form of the drug called “Strawberry Quick,” which resembles the popular Pop Rocks candy.
U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, were prompted recently to sponsor the Saving Kids from Dangerous Drugs Act to combat such drugs that might be aimed at kids.
The act would increase federal criminal penalties for drug dealers who entice children with candy-flavored methamphetamine. San Francisco police have seen cases in which chocolate-flavored meth is being sold to children.
“Flavored meth — with child-friendly names like Strawberry Quick — is designed to get people to try it a few times,” Feinstein said in a press release.
“It’s all about hooking young people, and we have to stop this practice before it grows any further.”
The drug has yet to migrate to the Midwest, and that’s fine with local drug-enforcement agents.
“I’ve heard of it, but I don’t think we’ve seen it,” said Terry Black, a Columbus detective who works for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas task force. “I’m not aware of anybody who has bought it.”
However, Black said central Ohio is seeing an increase in methamphetamine labs overall.