Although reports about small meth labs say that they are on the decline, usage of the drug appears to me to be going up. But, what do meth addicts do when the source of the drug they “need” can’t supply them anymore? What happens when their meth supplier gets busted and goes to jail? They have two choices – find a new supplier or make their own.
In rural America, finding a new supplier is not always an easy thing to do. Let’s face it, people live miles away from each other and finding another drug supplier isn’t as easy as living in a big city. The easiest thing for them to do is to make their own supply of meth. You don’t have to be a chemical engineer to make methamphetamine. Directions about how to make meth are plentiful and the ingredients to make meth are cheap and easy to obtain.
“It can be produced at home with items that you can buy in your supermarket. And it’s devastatingly addictive,” – Texas State Senator Leticia Van De Putte
According to an investigative report done by CBS in Austin, TX , “Methamphetamine is now considered the fastest growing illegal drug in America. The use of methamphetamine has exploded so much in both production and illegal drug use, some are calling it an epidemic.”
The report also comments that “America’s kitchens, hotel rooms, body shops and even daycare centers have been transformed into toxic waste dumps using allergy and cold medicines, and other chemicals to make meth.”
By taking away the one ingredient that meth cooks absolutely need to make meth – pseudoephedrine – we can stop the meth epidemic that is destroying the lives of innocent men, women, and children all over the U.S. If small meth lab operators are put out of business, law enforcement can focus on importers and large scale meth lab cooks.
Originally published on August 14, 2007