'Candy' a meth myth say police

Last updated 05:00 17/05/2014

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Police have moved to reassure Taranaki parents that drug dealers are not targeting their children with candy flavoured methamphetamine.

Mangorei School's May newsletter included a warning to parents about Strawberry Quik which "looks and smells like strawberry Pop Rocks".

"They are calling it strawberry meth or strawberry quick," the newsletter read.

"Kids are ingesting this thinking it is candy and being rushed to the hospital. It also comes in chocolate, peanut butter, cola, cherry, grape and orange."

Principal Michael Carr said the school was approached by a number of concerned parents regarding the issue.

"We now know it's not true," Carr said. "We didn't know at the time of printing the newsletter but we thought we'd be proactive and get it out there."

Central Districts police field crime manager Detective Inspector Keith Borrell yesterday told the Taranaki Daily News the information was a hoax.

"We want to reassure the public that there is no evidence of this Strawberry Quik methamphetamine and that it is being distributed to children," Borrell said.

He said the hoax is believed to have originated in the United States in 2007 and first appeared in New Zealand about 2010.

The drug scare again surfaced in August last year.

"It's unsubstantiated and there has been no evidence of flavoured methamphetamine and that it's being targeted to the supply of young children."

Borrell urged anyone with information about the sale and supply of illegal drugs to immediately contact police or Crimestoppers.

Carr also said the school had since been directed to a police press release debunking the myth around strawberry meth.

"We will explain this in our next newsletter," he said.

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