Fly on the Wall recently took Fox 13 to task for fearmongering and lending credibility to an urban myth when it warned Memphis parents about Strawberry Quik, an exciting, new kind of flavored methamphetamine specifically aimed at children.
While there's been an avalanche of hand-wringing e-mails and a crush of terrified second-hand reports warning concerned citizens about the new strawberry scourge, there are no actual police reports proving that drug dealers are handing out free samples to school children. Some meth-makers do color their product. But that is to create the street equivalent of brand distinctions, not to target children. And there's no hard evidence of any candy flavorings.
Yes, it's true, the DEA once issued a warning about flavored meth and the U.S. Senate, in its infinite wisdom, even tried to pass legislation increasing the penalties against anyone caught selling such kid-friendly drugs, but all of this hysteria went down without anyone having proof of a crisis.
So why bring this up again? Because WTVF news in Nashville is now reporting about the dangers of flavored meth and claiming that the drug has been discovered in Memphis.
Only it hasn't been discovered in Memphis, and even Fox 13's report noted in the headline that local police were "skeptical" about the existence of a flavored-meth problem. Still, now WTVF is reporting that the drug has been confirmed in Memphis and all of this candy-coated bogusness has been given even more legitimacy.
Kudos to everyone involved in spreading the not-entirely-true news. Maybe now — since meth use is in a rapid decline across the country — somebody will actually develop flavored meth and give it to kids. Christmas is just around the corner, and, from an entrepreneurial standpoint, it sounds like a great idea. Except that meth mistaken for and eaten like candy would probably kill the user and shrink the market. Otherwise ...