Teen Drug Abuse

$2 Cheese Heroin, Strawberry Quick Meth & Dracuweed: Are you hungry yet?

July 2007

By Patricia Kotze

Teens, middle school students and our future employees….imagine the headaches, not to mention the rise in health insurance costs, on the job accidents, and absenteeism. While working in the “PI” (Private Investigation) business, DRM, Inc. has investigated many forms of employee substance abuse in all industries across North America, but the addictive power and strength of these new and improved drugs is alarming; our youth are becoming “one try” instant addicts, and the rise of the associated deaths with these new super drugs is alarming.

In March 2007, reports from the US Drug Enforcement Administration announced that a new, flavored methamphetamine (meth) was being sold in the western states (from California all the way to Minnesota), and that drug raids had already been reported by local law enforcement agencies in some of these states. According to the DEA and USA Today, ‘flavored methamphetamine’ (meth) use is on the rise. Plus, it comes in not only the strawberry scented flavor, but in cola, chocolate, and other soda-like flavors. In addition, this new form of methamphetamine has a “Pop Rocks” effect and taste, which goes further in convincing teens and pre-teens to try it.

Meth has always been a highly addictive stimulant, but carried an unattractive look and taste: a brown or yellowish, bitter tasting crystallized powder to be snorted or sprinkled in a beverage of choice. But the new meth is dark pink in color, flavored and textured, so that even the first “hit” is almost guaranteed to instantaneously hook and make an addict of the user. The target market: the younger the better. This trendy new drug is becoming a real threat to the future of our children and America’s economy; after all, these children are the adults of tomorrow that will soon be hired as our employees.

According to local police in Dallas, Texas and CNN, $2 dollar “cheese heroin” (not to be served with the $2-buck Chuck wine sold at Trader Joe’s), is another gimmicky trend that is gaining prominence. Black tar Mexican heroin is mixed with an over-the-counter antihistamine found in products like Tylenol PM. Both the illegal and legal antihistamine drugs have the same effect; it acts like a depressant, and when mixed together with heroin it will slow a person down and could even result in death. In Dallas alone, approximately 20 students have died in the past two years in cases that are known. Cheese heroin is now widely used, say Dallas school officials, and addiction to the substance is as common as marijuana addiction. And once a child is addicted, where and from whom do they get the money to buy these illegal drugs? They steal, most commonly from their parents. And not just cash, because drug traffickers take credit cards numbers as currency for their business sales.

“Dracuweed” or super-hybrid marijuana is widely grown in the mountains of Michoacan, Mexico and is transported by every means imaginable, to include a tunnel system into the United States. This hybrid crop is usually fueled by a sophisticated irrigation system and is extremely resilient to pesticides. The Associated Press reports that this new ‘super grass’ yields double the amount of marijuana as the old conventional type of marijuana plant and is genetically improved to achieve this growth pattern. No reports as to the strength of Dracuweed have been drafted, and it is still “Super Bubba Kush”, “White Widow” and “Super Skunk weed” that top the charts on extreme highs and harsh crashes that leave a person brain dead for hours. Wouldn’t that be a productive person to have employed in the workplace!

The bottom line is that these trendy new drugs are appealing to younger and younger customers. Parents and employers need to know that these new drugs are changing the face of drug culture in the United States, and without intervention by state and local law enforcement agencies, employers, concerned parents, substance abuse awareness organizations, licensed Private Investigators and others, this trend could reach epidemic levels and ultimately affect your company’s bottom line.

About the Author:

Patricia A. Kotze is managing partner and senior executive investigator with the firm of Diversified Risk Management, Inc. (DRM), a licensed, nationwide investigation firm. She has over 23 years of experience in labor and employment related workplace investigations. DRM offers a broad range of specialized risk management and investigation services that are designed to control loss and minimize exposure by providing innovative and strategic business solutions. DRM assists corporations, and law firms in identifying, mitigating, and responding to risks through a comprehensive and integrated suite of professional service offerings. Ms. Kotze can be reached at 800.810.9508 or by email at by email