News Candy-Flavored Meth
posted by March 27 at 9:24 AMon
Ripping a page from the tobacco and alcohol industries’ playbooks, the folks that bring you crystal meth have started offering candy-flavored meth—and Washington state is apparently one of the test markets. From USA Today:
Reports of candy-flavored methamphetamine are emerging around the nation, stirring concern among police and abuse prevention experts that drug dealers are marketing the drug to younger people. The flavored crystals are available in California, Nevada, Washington, Idaho, Texas, New Mexico, Missouri and Minnesota, according to intelligence gathered by Drug Enforcement Administration agents from informants, users, local police and drug counselors, DEA spokesman Steve Robertson says.
Meth now comes in strawberry, chocolate, and cola flavors—in addition to blue meth, or “Smurf dope,” that one meth maker had selling in Missouri. While most of the USA Today story stokes anti-drug hysteria—they’re selling candy-flavored meth to our kids!—USA Today does eventually get around to pointing out that meth use in the United States has been falling for years, and that the emergence of flavored meth is a sign of desperation among dealers.
“The traffickers know the word is out about what a horrible drug this is,” Burns says. “They are having a tough time selling this product, especially to young people. What do people in marketing do when they have a tough time selling a product? They have to come up with some sort of gimmick.”