Do school children know about “Strawberry Quik” and “Cheese”? The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says those drug names are among examples that Jamie Meyer, a criminal intelligence analyst for the Jefferson County, Mo., sheriff’s office, includes in a presentation she hopes will soon reach educators, doctors, and others who work with children throughout the St. Louis area. A drug task force in south-central Illinois found fentanyl – intended for late-term cancer patients with chronic pain – packaged as lollipops. Cpl. Dave Curtis, who leads Jefferson County’s drug task force, called it “kiddie marketing.” He explained that Strawberry Quik, which most kids know as a flavored powder that can be added to milk, is now a slang term for flavored meth.
An elementary school-age child of a St. Louis-area police officer came home from school and asked, “Daddy, what’s cheese?” The substance is a newly packaged form of heroin that sells for around $2 a dose and resembles grated cheese. “It’s their lunch money,” Meyer said. Officers have busted parties at which teenagers bring prescription drugs they find at home, get from friends or from the Internet, drop them in a bowl and allow everyone at the party to take a handful. Teens call it “Skittling” because the bowl of pills looks like a colorful blend of the candy Skittles.