Hoax alert! No strawberry flavoured drugs targetting children in Singapore!

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The online report about there being strawberry flavoured drugs targetting children in Singapore, is apparently a hoax! Read about it here...

Recently some online reports were circulating about there being coloured and strawberry flavoured drugs targetting children in Singapore. The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) has now clarified that this is a hoax.

“Strawberry quick”

According to The Straits Times, the drugs in question are known as “strawberry quick”, and look like pop rocks – a type of candy that pops and sizzles in the mouth. CNB has mentioned in its statement though that, “CNB has not come across any cases of strawberry-flavoured methamphetamine in Singapore in recent years.”

Apparently, parents have been sharing advisories against the drug online, with even some schools distributing it. The Narcotics Bureau clarifies, “We would like to inform the public that the advisory on the ‘strawberry quick’ did not come from CNB.”

What parents should know about Strawberry quick

CNB has urged parents to however, remain cautious and to remind their children that drugs are harmful. Here are some things to note:

  • Methamphetamine (drug) is highly addictive and is a strong stimulant. It has a very strong effect on the central nervous system and can lead to psychosis, depression, hallucinations and depression.
  • Methamphetamine usually comes in the form of a colourless and odourless crystal that resembles glass fragments or shiny blue-white “rocks” of various sizes. This is why it is more commonly known as ‘Ice’ in Singapore. Methamphetamine also comes in tablet form (Commonly known as ‘Crazy Horse Pill’ or ‘Ya ba’).
  • According to the CNB, “Unscrupulous traffickers may seek to disguise the harmful nature of drugs by making them look like candy or foodstuff. If you come across such suspected substances or drug sales, please alert CNB and we will look into the matter.”
  • Members of the public can call 1800 325 6666 (24 hours) or e-mail CNB_Feedback@cnb.gov.sg to alert CNB if they find anything suspicious.
  • Children should be taught from a young age to not accept candy or any form of food from strangers. It might be a trap to lure them into danger.

Also READ: Signs of teenage drug abuse

(Source: The Straits Times, Channel NewsAsia, CNB)

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