Information Posted on Clinic's Letterhead is Internet Hoax

December 14, 2012

A sign in one of Memorial Physician Services’ Jacksonville offices contained false information from a common internet hoax circulating on Facebook. The sign has been removed.

A photo taken of the sign, which was on MPS letterhead, has been widely circulated. The hoax claimed that a popular drug, referred to as “Strawberry Quick,” was being targeted toward children. The hoax claimed the drug looked like “Pop Rocks” candy, was dark pink in color and has a strawberry scent.

Memorial Health System issued the following statement on its Facebook page: “To anyone who’s seen a photo of a sign in one of our Memorial Physician Services’ clinics circulating on Facebook about ‘strawberry quick’ drugs being given to children – the message on the sign is an internet hoax and is not true. We are sorry for the inconvenience.”

The website, which examines the validity of popular rumors and urban legends, confirms that the information is false. The website quoted an official with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration who said that “we checked with all of our labs, and there’s nothing to it.” The e-mail scare has been in circulation since around 2007.

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