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Monday, January 23, 2012

Methamphetamine Use On The Rise

Over the last several years methamphetamine use in the United States has been on the decline, but, according to a new report that may not be the case anymore. Mexican drug cartels and small U.S. “meth” producers are the cause of the increase in usage, the Evansville Courier and Press reports.

“Methamphetamine is unique from other illicit drugs of abuse because production of the drug requires no specialized skill or training, and its recipes are readily available on the Internet,” Joseph T. Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Office of Diversion Control, told the newspaper. “The precursor chemicals associated with this drug have also been historically easy to obtain and inexpensive to purchase. These factors have contributed to methamphetamine’s rapid sweep across our nation.”

A report by the National Drug Intelligence Center released last August, “National Drug Threat Assessment 2011,” pointed out that methamphetamine use among the young has risen. Mexican drug cartels that smuggle the drug across the Southwestern border are the main reason for the increase of use. Mexican cartels can produce, transport and distribute the drug.

Super labs in Mexico and Southern California can account for two-thirds of the nation’s meth supply and trafficked throughout the country. All other meth labs that operate in the United States can be found in locations such as:
  • basements
  • kitchens
  • garages
  • bedrooms
  • car trunks
  • vacant buildings

“At the federal level, DEA is committed to exploring all options, including legislative changes to place pseudoephedrine, ephedrine and their analogues in Schedule V, as prescription-only substances,” Rannazzisi added. The more control the government puts on cold medications the harder it is for cooks to produce the drug.

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