The blue star tattoo legend
frequently surfaces in American elementary
and middle schools
in the form of a flyer
that has been photocopied through many generations, which is distributed to parents by concerned school officials. It has also become popular on Internet mailing lists and websites. This legend states that a temporary lick-and-stick tattoo soaked in LSD
and made in the form of a blue star (the logo of the Dallas Cowboys
is often mentioned), or of popular children's cartoon characters, is being distributed to children in the area in order to get them 'addicted to LSD'.
The legend is possibly originated from the fact that LSD solution is sometimes soaked in blotter paper and sold. (See here) In fact, LSD is not an addictive drug. The flyer lists an inaccurate description of the effects of LSD, some attribution (typically to a well-regarded hospital or a vaguely specified "adviser to the president"), and instructs parents to contact police if they come across the blue star tattoos.
No actual cases of LSD distribution to children in this manner have ever been documented.
- The legend is present also in Brazil as well as Portugal, at least since the 1970s. Other kinds of figures are also cited.