is this a real thing?
Police duped over fictional drug, 5 March 2008
Last year, the charity DrugScope said it believed the hoax e-mail originated in the United States.
If "This is happening all over the country" in the USA since 2008, we ought to reasonably expect it to be well-reported in mainstream media and medical reports/studies by now.
MICROGRAM BULLETIN, VOLUME 41, NUMBER 7, JULY 2008
The DEA Western Laboratory (San
Francisco, California) recently received
an exhibit consisting of 13 tied, clear
plastic bags containing pink, off-white,
and white powders, all with a generic,
sweet, fruity odor, purported strawberry,
lemon, and coconut flavored cocaines
[Editor’s Notes: Although flavored “hard” drugs (notably “strawberry meth”) have received extensive press in the mass media, to date very few such exhibits have been submitted to the DEA Laboratories. This is the first report of “flavored cocaine” to Microgram Bulletin.]
MICROGRAM BULLETIN, VOLUME 42, NUMBER 1, JANUARY 2009
It is possible
that the tiny purple specks in the exhibit were bits of a grape flavored candy or lollipop, but this was not formally determined.
[Editor’s Notes: “Flavored methamphetamine” (most notably “strawberry meth”) has received extensive and often alarmist coverage in the mass media over the past two years. However, this is the first confirmed sample of “flavored methamphetamine” submitted to a DEA laboratory, and is also the first such report by any laboratory to Microgram. A small number of exhibits with unusual colors have been submitted to the South Central Laboratory (Dallas, Texas) over the past two years; however, none of the latter samples had any noticeable fruit or candy-like odors.
Neither of the above examples look like pop rocks (follow links to see photos).
Almost entirely false.
The claim is grossly exaggerated, alarmist and does not cite supporting evidence or refer to verifiable reports from any official healthcare, law enforcement or other bodies.