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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Jonah Engle, Mother Jones: If anyone wondered what would happen if heroin or cocaine addicts suddenly discovered how to make their own supply with a handful of cheap ingredients readily available over the counter, methamphetamine's recent history provides an answer. Since 2007, the number of clandestine meth sites discovered by police has increased 63 percent nationwide. As law enforcement agencies scramble to clean up and dispose of toxic labs, prosecute cooks, and find foster homes for their children, they are waging two battles: one against destitute, strung-out addicts, the other against some of the world's wealthiest and most politically connected drug manufacturers. In the past several years, lawmakers in 25 states have sought to make pseudoephedrine -- the one irreplaceable ingredient in a shake-and-bake lab -- a prescription drug. In all but two -- Oregon and Mississippi -- they have failed as the industry, which sells an estimated $605 million worth of pseudoephedrine-based drugs a year, has deployed all-star lobbying teams and campaign-trail tactics such as robocalls and advertising blitzes.

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Since the [Oregon] bill became law in 2006, the number of meth labs found in Oregon has fallen 96 percent. Children are no longer being pulled from homes with meth labs, and police officers have been freed up to pursue leads instead of cleaning up labs and chasing smurfers. In 2008, Oregon experienced the largest drop in violent-crime rates in the country. By 2009, property crime rates fell to their lowest in 43 years. That year, overall crime in Oregon reached a 40-year low.

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What's wrong with capitalistic free enterprise?

They just want more liberal nanny-state unconstitutional regulation.

#1 | Posted by 88120rob at 2014-08-24 10:52 AM | Reply | Flag:

Great Drama "Breaking Bad".

Reality: methamphetamine is a moment of pleasure inside a living hell followed by an early grave.

#2 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-08-24 11:17 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

Like so many problems attributed to "drugs" all these problems with meth labs are mostly a result of drug prohibition. We learned in alcohol prohibition that if someone wants booze, they're going to get booze. It's just a matter of do they get it from a bootlegger or legal liquor store that pays taxes and doesn't have to kill anyone. If addicts could buy their meth at the local vape shop I could still buy cold remedy when I've got the sniffles, they would at least get something that's reasonable pure, and police could concentrate on real crime. That's the problem I guess. There's no money for law enforcement in that.

Remember, when alcohol prohibition was enacted use went up but people died from bad booze. Now reports are surfacing in Colorado that with pot legal use has gone down.

#3 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2014-08-24 01:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

Desoxyn is still legal (if rarely used). Prescription methamphetamine. Meanwhile, the extremely common pill adderrall differs by basically only a methyl group that makes methamphetamine better able to cross the blood brain barrier. In other words, the same, just more potent.

No. I'm not retardedly trying to claim meth is okay to abuse. I am simply pointing out that we already use it and its analogues, and we're fine with that as a society, as long as your dealer has scrubs or a lab coat on and their dealer paid off the DEA and FDA the right way. The street dealer simply isn't allowed in the market because they aren't big enough to have lobbyists. And so the drug war marches on ruining more lives than drug abuse, to the tune of bad science.

Oh, and for the record, anecdotally, none of the other decongestants work as well as sudafed.

#4 | Posted by zeropointnrg at 2014-08-24 02:01 PM | Reply | Flag:

On the whole "Drugs" issue, I'd like to do two things:

#1:
Make receiving any subsidized medical care dependent on not being blatantly stupid (Smoke and get lung cancer? Pay for it yourself or die.)
Note: This is not a case of government telling you what to do, its a case of the government telling you what to do TO RECIEVE SUBSIDY.

#2:
Make it legal to use any drug you want, and just apply existing laws on intoxication (for example, while driving).

#5 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-08-24 03:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

I had Disoxyn once in high school. One exceptionally fun day.

#6 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-08-24 04:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

I'm surprised meth use has increased. No one ever says " I want to be a junkie". But geez, the downside is well known. Wonder if its a population of functioning addicts or a conveyor belt of new addicts.

#7 | Posted by soulfly at 2014-08-25 02:18 AM | Reply | Flag:

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