Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Watch Out for Candy

This summer our homeschooled kids will be hanging out in the neighborhood, playing at the parks and pools, and meeting kids they don't know much about. All the more reason we parents should be aware of the dangers warned about in this email I received from a friend.

Note that it includes a link to the Snopes page about this email. I always use Snopes.com to verify the information I received online via forwards. Unlike most email forwards, this one appears to be accurate.

Drug pushers have gone to an all new low... disguising meth as candy

A message to parents, grandparents and guardians from Principal Gilkison: I have been alerted by one of our EMT's for our volunteer fire department that they have received emails from emergency responder organizations to be on the lookout for a new form of crystalized methamphetamine that is targeted at children, and to be aware of this new form if called to an emergency involving a child that may have symptoms of drug induction or overdose.

They are calling this new form of meth "Strawberry Quick" and it looks likethe "Pop Rocks" candy that sizzle in your mouth. In its current form, it is dark pink in color and has a strawberry scent to it. Please advise your children and their friends and other students not to accept candy from strangers as this is obviously an attempt to seduce children into drug use. They also need to be cautious in accepting candy from even friends that may have received it from someone else, thinking it is just candy.

I don't want this email to scare anyone, but as a parent, administrator and friend, I thought it would be best to share this with you, so you can once again talk to your children about the effects of drugs and how easy it could be to take drugs without knowing it, until it is too late. I worry, just a seach of you do, about kids and drugs and all the problems our kids today are faced with. So please talk with your children about this newest threat to get children addicted to drugs.

Click above for a news article about this from just across the state line in Missouri.

This is not a Urban Legend! http://www.snopes. com/horrors/ drugs/candymeth. asp

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