Strawberry Flavored Meth Luring Children

By: Mike McCarthy
By: Mike McCarthy

Knoxville (WVLT) - Drug users have nicknamed it Strawberry Quick, but it's a far cry from the stuff you put in milk when you were kid.It's a drug that looks like rock-candy, but it's really crystal meth.

Police say it's being marketed to your youngsters, and one girl scout leader's doing something about that.

Volunteer TV's Mike McCarthy has more on how a typical Girl Scout troop meeting took a twist tonight.

Cheryl-Ann Paul found out about the new form of crystal meth through an email from a friend in California, and she wanted to give her Brownies and their parents a heads up before it ended up in their hands.

Girl Scout Troop 959's not just pledging their allegiance. They're pledging to be drug free.

"If someone offers you a candy that looks like pop rocks--that you shouldn't," Margaux Army said.

Shouldn't take it, that is, because it's not candy. This is strawberry flavored crystal meth.

"I feel that it had to be addressed now. We can't wait. I don't' even know if it's out there right now, but what if it is? We haven't the time to wait," Paul said.

So Cheryl-Ann Paul told near 20 members of the Brownie troop about the dangers of the addictive-drug tonight.

"Let's get the ball rolling here and give my parent's the one-up," Paul said.

A one-up they needed.

"I'd never heard of it before today, picking her up after Brownies. I'm shocked. I had no idea," Samantha Parker said.

But now the girls have an idea what to say.

"No thank you!"

And if they're forced to take, they know where to take it.

"You should bring it to your teacher, or if you're on your way home, you should bring it to your mom and dad," Army said.

It's all part of "being prepared."

"I'm hoping they'll be able to use their powers of observation so when we say to them later, what did he look like, they can describe them," Paul said.

Parents are glad their girls got the info.

"She's got an older and younger brother and they all need to be aware of it," Parker said.

These girls now are aware of it so they don't blow it.

"If we didn't know about that then we'd think, oh it's just real candy," Army said.

A lesson learned, and lesson to live by.

We called law enforcement throughout East Tennessee, and no one has seen the drugs on the streets here yet. However, Paul says it's a topic she'll revisit over the next few weeks with her Brownies.

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