|Steve Goss fights Meth "candy"|
|Tuesday, 18 December 2007 22:07|
A new drug is on the market: crystal methamphetamine that looks like candy and smells like strawberries.The Drug Enforcement Agency says the drug, nicknamed Strawberry Quick, is one of a variety of “candy meths” engineered specifically to entice teenagers. Local state Senator Steve Goss wants to keep it out of North Carolina.
“We not only want to strengthen the penalties, we also want to education youth and children on the dangers of this candy flavored drug.”
To do this, he is preparing legislation for his next session in Raleigh. It’s personal for Goss. Last summer, Strawberry Quick was discovered in Ashe County. Up until that time- it had only been seen in seven states. Goss wants to stop it before it becomes mainstream.
“More and more it’s being focused on middle schoolers. On terms of where it was older youths and teenagers in past times, now we feel that it is being focused more and more to younger and younger youth and children and we see this as a red light.”.
Education may be the key to prevention, he says.
“We need to make parents aware, and obviously teachers as well, and others who might be in contact with children and youth on a regular basis, on what to look for.”
Goss is collaborating with local law enforcement on the measure. He’s already met with officials in Ashe and Alexander counties. He plans on meeting with Watauga Sheriff Len Hagaman, as well as officials from Boone Police Department in the near future.
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