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Old 05-24-2007, 03:01 PM   #1
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Marketing Drugs to Kids: From Cheese to Strawberry Quick

By Maggie Lineback

DALLAS, Texas — Something called “cheese” is killing kids. In August of 2005, no one had even heard of it — so much so, that when a school district police officer first saw a bag of this drug, he thought it was fake. Now officials realize cheese is all too real; at least 21 kids have died from overdosing on it.

Cheese is a combination of black tar heroin and crushed up Tylenol PM tablets and hits of it sell for a buck or two. Like any type of heroin, cheese is highly addictive and deadly. If that’s not enough to scare you, there’s this: drug pushers cooked it up special for kids.

“Traditionally heroin is going to be an adult user drug,” says Dallas Independent School District Officer Jeremy Liebbe. “Black tar heroin is cooked on a spoon, mixed with liquid and injected. Meaning needles. Not many kids are wild about needles, so if you want to market heroin to kids you've got to come up with an alternative to it.”

And that’s exactly what drug dealers in the Dallas area have done — they’ve come up with a form that can be snorted and gave it a seemingly benign name: “cheese.” But cheese is just the start. Have you heard of “Strawberry Quick?” It’s not a kid’s drink — it’s a kid’s methamphetamine. Drug dealers mix meth with Kool-Aid in an attempt to make it look and taste better. And again, there’s the snappy name. While Strawberry Quick hasn’t made a big splash in Dallas, it is gaining ground in other parts of the country.

The DEA says the whole act of marketing drugs to kids is a dangerous and relatively new trend. “They're looking for a new consumer, ” says James Capra, the Special Agent In Charge of the DEA office in Dallas. “They've taken the tactic that advertising people have taken for years; you want to sell a product, you’ve got do a good marketing approach to it.”

The anecdote for any slick marketing campaign is the truth. Cheese users, if they live, eventually escalate to needle use. And if they try to get off cheese, users have horrible physical and mental withdrawal symptoms. So of course it’s best never to start. As for meth, anyone who’s seen a meth addict, with their scabbed skin and rotting teeth, knows what a con “Strawberry Quick” is.

What can you do? Fernando Cortez is getting involved. He lost his 15-year-old son to cheese earlier this year. Cortez swears his son wasn’t a user and is haunted by what-ifs. What if he had done this versus that? Would his son still be alive? In the end, Cortez has had to put away those thoughts and channel his grief into something that could save lives. He goes to Dallas schools, speaking out about his painful experience and giving out his cell phone number to anyone who needs to talk. He urges parents to do the same — talk to their kids.

Drug experts add this advice: don’t bury your head in the sand. If your child’s grades drop, he loses interest in the activities he once loved, if he changes friends, if he starts to have trouble at school … all of these are warning signs that need to be acted upon immediately. With drug dealers stepping up their efforts to target your kids, police and drug counselors say we should all make as much of an effort to keep them safe.
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Old 05-24-2007, 03:09 PM   #2
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Addicts are hooked in their teens more often than not. If it's not heroin, its alcohol or another easy-to-get drug.
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Old 05-24-2007, 03:15 PM   #3
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Theres a song about this, Master of puppets. Ive seen meth at work first hand. Its the worse thing you can do besides herion.
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Old 05-24-2007, 03:16 PM   #4
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Addicts are hooked in their teens more often than not. If it's not heroin, its alcohol or another easy-to-get drug.
Its pretty sad to see this.
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Old 05-24-2007, 03:16 PM   #5
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Some of our worst habits are formed when we are still growing and it is much more difficult undo them as an adult. At least we know so parents and community members can take steps to stop it.
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I've screamed to my son about that crap...he's on meth alley. I got on my knees, I'm dead serious. Tears in my eyes.

I begged him not to smoke but when he visited he only had three in three days to my knowledge. I got quite mad but WTF can you do? Beg I guess.

I remember asking if he smoked and then it patten him down. Viola. What can you do? I can't beat him, he's a young man and would kick my ass honestly if he wanted to. heh.

He knows I am just concerned about his welfare and health. He has to make his own decisions. I hate he's in Meth Alley tho.
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I've screamed to my son about that crap...he's on meth alley. I got on my knees, I'm dead serious. Tears in my eyes.

I begged him not to smoke but when he visited he only had three in three days to my knowledge. I got quite mad but WTF can you do? Beg I guess.

I remember asking if he smoked and then it patten him down. Viola. What can you do? I can't beat him, he's a young man and would kick my ass honestly if he wanted to. heh.

He knows I am just concerned about his welfare and health. He has to make his own decisions. I hate he's in Meth Alley tho.
He needs to hit rock bottom, Mock. Call the cops. It's better that he deal with legal toubles than to slowly die in front of you.
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I've screamed to my son about that crap...he's on meth alley. I got on my knees, I'm dead serious. Tears in my eyes.

I begged him not to smoke but when he visited he only had three in three days to my knowledge. I got quite mad but WTF can you do? Beg I guess.

I remember asking if he smoked and then it patten him down. Viola. What can you do? I can't beat him, he's a young man and would kick my ass honestly if he wanted to. heh.

He knows I am just concerned about his welfare and health. He has to make his own decisions. I hate he's in Meth Alley tho.
Are you for real? Im sorry man, ive lost a few friends to this and it kills me.
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Sad, they have these shows on cable, hooked on drugs and in one episode they talked about meth, pretty sad how we are killing off our own kind.
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He needs to hit rock bottom, Mock. Call the cops. It's better that he deal with legal toubles than to slowly die in front of you.

Your FOS. he doesn't have a drug problem. I just rminded him every time I saw him. Your comprehension is pathetic.I was talkking about smoking cigarettes.
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Your FOS. he doesn't have a drug problem. I just rminded him every time I saw him. Your comprehension is pathetic.I was talkking about smoking cigarettes.
You may want to re-read your post...
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Your FOS. he doesn't have a drug problem. I just rminded him every time I saw him. Your comprehension is pathetic.I was talkking about smoking cigarettes.
So, I guess meth alley is a road to meth? Forgive me for not realizing how stupid it sounds to interject your son's cigarette smoking habit in a thread about Methamphetamine sales.

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YOur an idiot. He's in Meth alley. I never said he was on it. I said I begged him not to do ityou idiot.

Where did I say he had a meth problem moron?

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Mock..do you mean menthol?

Is he on menthol alley?

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Your FOS. he doesn't have a drug problem. I just rminded him every time I saw him. Your comprehension is pathetic.I was talkking about smoking cigarettes.

Why should anyone even talk to you? You don't even know what you write
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Thanks for the heads up. Scary stuff. Thankfully my son only gets high on scoring touchdowns.
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NI know what I talk to my son about moron. I said I got on my knees that he wouldn't do any meth, and he assured me he wouldn't, then I chastized him about smoking a few cigarettes.

I suggest you re read the comment. What a bunch of morons in here.
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Where you are and what you do are two different things idiot.
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Mock...

"I've screamed to my son about that crap...he's on meth alley. I got on my knees, I'm dead serious. Tears in my eyes.

I begged him not to smoke but when he visited he only had three in three days to my knowledge. I got quite mad but WTF can you do? Beg I guess.

I remember asking if he smoked and then it patten him down. Viola. What can you do? I can't beat him, he's a young man and would kick my ass honestly if he wanted to. heh.

He knows I am just concerned about his welfare and health. He has to make his own decisions. I hate he's in Meth Alley tho."



"Your FOS. he doesn't have a drug problem. I just rminded him every time I saw him. Your comprehension is pathetic.I was talkking about smoking cigarettes."




"YOur an idiot. He's in Meth alley. I never said he was on it. I said I begged him not to do ityou idiot.

Where did I say he had a meth problem moron?"





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"Mock..do you mean menthol?

Is he on menthol alley? "





Mock...

"Where you are and what you do are two different things idiot.

NI know what I talk to my son about moron. I said I got on my knees that he wouldn't do any meth, and he assured me he wouldn't, then I chastized him about smoking a few cigarettes.

I suggest you re read the comment. What a bunch of morons in here."



Title of the thread?

Marketing Meth to Kids.






And it's only 3:00 pm

I'm cryin' over here!

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Old 05-24-2007, 04:27 PM   #22
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So, does meth alley have a snifferlupagus and a scratchy skin elmo chillin' on the corner?
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Old 05-24-2007, 04:39 PM   #23
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Who knew that a thread about kids and meth could be so entertaining?

Did you know? I didn't know.
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Old 05-24-2007, 04:40 PM   #24
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The Mexican drug cartels have declared war on the government of Mexico. They're the ones behind this crap. They are now in control of smuggling illegals across our border to cover their drug shipments. They are decapitating their opponents in Mexico and leaving little sticky note threats stuck to the heads. If you try to prosecute them, they machine gun your family. But we don't need to put troops on the border. Nope. We need more time to discuss comprehensive legislation.
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Mock, I hope your son puts the menthol down. Smoking is a bad habit too. When you see rotted teeth and he starts stealing your TV's, then you may have entered "meth alley".
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