Reports of candy-flavored methamphetamine sales are causing concern among police and abuse prevention experts that drug dealers are marketing to younger people, USA Today reports. The flavored crystals are available in California, Nevada, Washington, Idaho, Texas, New Mexico, Missouri, and Minnesota, Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Steve Robertson says. “Drug traffickers are trying to lure in new customers, no matter what their age, by making the meth seem less dangerous,” he says.
Methamphetamine usually is a white or brownish, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that dissolves in water. It is usually smoked or snorted. Among new flavors are strawberry, known as “Strawberry Quick,” chocolate, cola, and other sodas. One agent reported a red methamphetamine that had been marketed as a powdered form of an energy drink. A patrol officer who stopped a car last month in rural Greene County, Mo., seized a bag of “strawberry meth” from a female passenger. The Nevada Department of Public Safety reported flavored methamphetamine seized during a Jan 27 apartment search in Carson City.