Op-Ed: Mobile meth labs and meth addiction out of control in U.S.

Posted Jan 14, 2012 by Nancy Houser
"There is no drug better suited to making horrible decisions about your children than methamphetamine, which keeps you awake for days and then when you crash it's like the sleep of a coma, during which you have no idea what's happening with those kids."
An anti-meth sign posted on a tank of anhydrous ammonia  a common farm fertilizer used in making met...
An anti-meth sign posted on a tank of anhydrous ammonia, a common farm fertilizer used in making methamphetamine. According to Wikipedia, in 2005, the state of Iowa gave out thousands of locks in order to prevent criminals from accessing farmers' tanks.
Photo by Bill Whittaker
A quote by Roger Munns, this dangerous drug has caught the attention of the police and U.S. news media, focusing on motel-based crystal methamphetamine and mobile meth labs. The growing trends of both 24-7 labs make meth the most American drug and also the most difficult to track.
Easy availability of mobile meth labs
Mobile meth labs have made the availability of the drug so dangerous that meth labs have tripled in states like Kentucky the last three years. Over 70% of the people purchasing cold medication with pseudoephedrine will use it for illegal manufacture of methamphetamine.
With California leading the way, crystal meth addiction is now out of control across the nation because of the easy access of mobile meth labs and ways for meth users to make the drug and stay ahead of authorities, until the drug destroys them. The U.S. Department of Justice has labeled meth as "the new drug of choice" by the youth, far surpassing cocaine in availability and human destruction.
"By keeping it moving around, it makes it harder to track where it is at any one time," one undercover detective said to KOAT7 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
"Recent data from the Drug Abuse Warning Network records 487,600 drug-related emergency department episodes and climbing. The increment is due to an expansion of operating labs throughout the country. Meth-related hospital admissions increased more than 366% during the last ten years in California alone," according to EscapeMeth.
Approximately 12 million Americans over the age of 12 have tried meth, at least once, according to the Office of National Drug Control. Called crystal meth, crank, meth and speed, people who have become addicted to it often need professional help to stop the drug's dependency.
A state of instant euphoria can be achieved by shaking a 2-liter soda bottle of ingredients extracted from cold medication containing "pseudoephedrine." Meth is a highly potent, addictive stimulant that can be taken orally, injected, snorted and smoked---causing severe health problems. It is carried inside coats, made in vehicles, hotels, motels, and in back alleyways. Innocent children and nearby homes or apartments are effected by the destruction of the drug's effects without even realizing it.
The targeted youth
The targeted youth seem to be those who come from broken homes, are abused, feel unloved and neglected, with very little parental influence or control. Where at one time the family and close friends were the center of society, today the youth has begun to follow those who mock morals, family values, authority, and respected role models. The center of society is now cynical and sarcastic personas who have very little respect for life.
Oregon and Mississippi have made it a law where the prescriptions are required for medicine with pseudoephedrine in it, showing a dramatic decline in mobile meth labs and meth labs in the homes. Oregon alone has shown a 96% decrease since their law took affect in 2006, and meth busts in Mississippi are down 66% in one year. What is surprising is that other states have not passed this law, especially in California.
The easy availability of mobile meth labs are an easy answer for addicts to continue their meth use and for its suppliers to have a thriving business "on the go." This leads to millions of chronic users of meth developing extreme paranoia and auditory hallucinations; unlike cocaine psychosis, meth psychosis lasts for several weeks at a time.
Meth psychosis fuels unimaginable abuse
Reports everywhere show that 80% of domestic violence is from meth, described as being "tweeker-fueled." Psychosis and violence develop unimaginable abuse from the meth users, with one meth user cutting his son's head off and throwing it out the window while driving down the road. Another meth user from Iowa admitted thаt hе threw a cat down frοm a seventh-floor apartment – аftеr hе tried tο hаνе sex wіth thе defenseless feline. Sick.
According to Lt. Chuck Middleton, of the Highland County Sheriff's Office, he has probably seen more illegal methamphetamine production than anyone else. "I've seen a lot of drugs come and a lot of drugs go, but this is the one that I wish I had never seen and had never been invented. It scares me that much," said Middleton.
"They are paranoid to the point where they think everyone is watching them. I've never seen anything like it. I've dealt with people who are on meth and are coming off of meth and you can't believe it. I've seen a girl pull on her tongue until she made it bleed and blood was running down her chin; and she didn't even realize it. When I mentioned it to her, she stopped and started pulling on her ears. I've seen users pick at their skin until it is just a bloody sore, I don't understand it. Their nerves are just on end."