Category Archives: The Big Picture

Methlabs are not a problem limited to neighborhoods, cities, towns, or states in America. It is a problem fueled by meth ingredient and methamphetamine suppliers from around the world.

The First Global Meth Conference will be held September 2008

On Monday, September 15th and Tuesday, September 16th, 2008, the world’s first global conference on Methamphetamine will take place in the Czech Republic in Prague’s Historic City Hall. The Conference will gather together experts from the USA, China, Australia, Thailand, Russia, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, New Zealand, Indonesia, Poland, Iran, Serbia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Great Britain and the United Nations in an effort to find ways to better understand the complex problems that nations around the world are facing because of methamphetamine.

‘The largest areas of methamphetamine production are South East Asia, including Myanmar, China and the Philippines, and in North America. Australia and New Zealand continue to produce significant amounts of methamphetamine. It is believed that large-scale production will soon start in areas of Central America and Continue reading

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Renters in Denver turn home in to a meth lab

A Denver, CO woman got a lot more than rent money, when she rented her home to a used car salesman and his mortgage broker wife, and 7 year old child, according to an article published on denverpost.com.

“Before my kids leave for school, I drink a cup of coffee and meditate for an hour. This inward-looking time puts me into a current in which life is less effortful, less a race, less scary; I become calm, and full of certainty about everything . . . until the phone rings, and it’s my 17-year-old. He’s in his car in front of the rental house, and there are a lot of police. And a hazmat vehicle. Sheets of plywood barricade each window. Doors padlocked.

Goodbye, quiet certainty. Hello, fear and struggle. I arrive to find a man, crouched down on one knee, facing the front of the house, writing on bright red and orange cardboard notices. Lengths of “Denver Police Line, Do Not Enter, Crime Scene” lie in tangled heaps on the grass. The letters DEA are emblazoned on the back of his jacket.”

She now faces what thousands of homeowners face when they rent their homes and apartments to people who use their property to make methamphetamine. Whether you are the renter of a property or you are the person who is renting your property to someone else, the toxic by-products produced by a meth cook will change life as you know it. Linda King, the woman who wrote the story for the Denver Post, is now faced Continue reading

Clandestine Meth Labs in TN continue to grow

Knoxnews.com has reported that Anderson County, TN, is well on its way of breaking a new meth lab record in 2008. In 2007, there were 58 meth labs seized in Anderson county. So far, this year, there have already been 20 clandestine meth labs discoveries according to the records at the Sheriff’s Department.

The majority of the labs that have been discovered were in remote areas close to Lake City and the Briceville community.

Most recently, there was a meth lab seizure on Vowell Mountain near Lake City.

The drug task force have suspects, according to one of its officers.

Source: “Anderson on pace to top ’07 mark for meth lab busts”, State Briefs April 27, 2008, Knoxnews.com

Meth labs are on the rise in Arkansas

Meth labs are increasing in Arkansas, just like they are in TN. What troubled me about this video is that Sheriff’s department was surprised about it. Law enforcement agencies need to realize that the Combat Meth Act is not the answer to the meth problem in the U.S. It’s a much bigger problem that goes far beyond the boundaries of America. The ingredients needed to make methamphetamine are still available to meth cooks who are being supplied by drug smugglers from Mexico. The Combat Meth Epidemic Act signed in to law by President Bush on March 9, 2006 becameĀ  effective on September 30, 2006. Although it is a step towards curbing the manufacture of meth, it is just a small step towards combating a much larger problem.

Mexican drug smugglers may be coming to a neighborhood near you

The meth problem that plagues states in the midwest, south, and west coast states and southeastern states will spread through the northeastern states soon, if Mexican suppliers have their way. According to the DEA, criminal groups operating from neighboring Mexico smuggle cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, amphetamine, and marijuana into the United States. These criminal groups have smuggled heroin and marijuana across the Southwest Border and distributed them throughout the United States since the 1970s. In addition to distributing cocaine and methamphetamine in the West and Midwest, these Mexico-based groups now are attempting to expand the distribution of those drugs into eastern U.S. markets.

The DEA also reports that meth labs are increasing, despite the fact that products that contain pseudoephrine, like Sudafed, are now kept behind the pharmacy counter as mandated by the “Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005”, that is part of the Patriot Act that was signed in to law by President Bush on March 9, 2006. The DEA is responsible for the enforcement of the Act. They’ve certainly got their work cut out for them. In a DEA report, they stated that “With demand for methamphetamine remaining high, especially in the West and Midwest, so, too, does the number of illicit laboratories that supply methamphetamine to a growing number of addicts. Domestic methamphetamine production, trafficking, and abuse are concentrated in the western, southwestern, and midwestern United States. Methamphetamine is also increasingly available in portions of the South and eastern United States, especially Georgia and Florida. Clandestine laboratories in California and Mexico are the primary sources of supply for methamphetamine available in the United States”

Meth problem in Tennessee is increasing

Meth continues to be a problem in TN, according to a recent DEA report, despite the enactment of the Meth-Free Tennessee Act of 2005. The Meth-Free Act requires that any products containing pseudoephrine be kept behind the pharmacy counter, where pharmacy technicians record who is buying it and how much. In 2006, the year following the enactment of the Act, the number of meth labs in TN and elsewhere fell by nearly 60% to 401 labs statewide. In 2005, the number of meth labs in TN was listed as 861. But, by 2007, the number of meth labs in the state began to show that meth labs are on the rise again. In fact, according to DEA stats, the number of meth labs in the state rose by nearly 25% to 539 in 2007. I doubt that the numbers come as any surprise to law enforcement agencies.

Meth labs TNIt doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the saying “where there’s a will, there’s a way” is true; especially when you’re talking about someone who has an addiction problem. Putting pseudoephrine behind pharmacy counters is not going to stop anyone who’s in the business of making and selling meth. It is a business, like any other. When your supplier stops supplying, what do you do? You find another supplier, which is what meth cooks are doing. The question is, who is supplying them with the pseudoephrine?

Doctors and other health care workers may unknowingly or knowingly be supplying meth cooks with the drugs they need to make methamphetamine. Drug abusers and distributors “doctor shop” to get prescription meds from several doctors and in many cases the state’s medical insurance program pays for the scripts. And guess who pays for the government medical insurance costs? Yeah. You and me and every other law abiding citizen in the U.S., who pays in to the tax system. But, what if the doctor won’t give meth cooks the scripts and they don’t know any health care workers who can get the drugs for them? Not a problem, considering that Mexico is said to be the largest supplier of meth in the U.S. right now.

If you’ve ever driven through TN, you can’t help but notice how many trailer trucks are on the road. During one trip that I made there to visit my son, his wife, and my grandsons, I actually got boxed in by 3 trailer Continue reading

Zyrtec D approved for non prescription use – contains meth making ingredient

On November 9, 2007, the FDA announced that it had approved Zyrtec-D, a product which contains cetirizine HCl and pseudoephedrine HCl, for nonprescription use. Sales of the Zyrtec-D are subject to restrictions in the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act. This law places restrictions on the sale of products containing pseudoephedrine, such as limiting the amount that an individual can purchase, and imposing Continue reading