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Methamphetamine problems have appeared even in smaller towns more than all the other drugs. The problem is also getting worse in the smaller cities like Omaha, Las Vegas, Sacramento and Oklahoma City compared to bigger cities like Detroit or New York. This is one problem that’s also getting out of hand in the Midwest as meth users account for almost 90% of all drug cases.
- Methamphetamine can infect and destroy any community that it can penetrate.
- The frightening thing about meth is its ease of production which is relatively inexpensive and may be manufactured anywhere even at homes.
- During the former drug epidemics, often smaller cities were left unscathed by the seriousness of the drug problems and drug distribution chains would not resort to including small towns in the United States. However, it is a whole lot story with methamphetamine.
Cooking methamphetamine just got so much easier today than early in the 1980s.
Although there are ingredients of meth which may be difficult to get and the cooking process itself is highly dangerous for the maker, still, we can note an increase of trafficking of the ingredients to create meth. It usually comes from Mexico, where it is less controlled, and reaching thousands of independent groups running “mom and pop” labs in the Midwest. Whether the methamphetamine problem is in a small town or in a huge city, the dangers that meth creates and the disaster it brings in the community is enough to get everyone alarmed.
In a small town, it could appear as if all the members of the community are using meth, but people who live in the big city are no less than destroyed by meth as well. Wherever meth labs are hidden or not, drug dealers, children, neighbors, and even law enforcement people may suffer. Of the common hazards of making methamphetamines are explosions and possible cases of fires because meth labs feature a mix of volatile and flammable chemicals. Even if you just knock over one container, light a cigarette or turn electrical equipment on, you may ignite an explosion in the lab. Once the labs explode, the lives of everyone else around you are placed in danger.
Having contact with such chemicals used in making meth can be a potential for danger.
Even breathing fumes in the air may lead to certain illnesses and even injure the person making the concoction for life. The spouse and children of those who cook methamphetamine at home have also gotten sick living in a house where meth is made. Even law enforcement officers can suffer from pneumonia, chemical bronchitis, and collapsed lungs by getting exposed to the fumes in meth labs.
Meth can also enter the skin and also cause damage to the skin, eyes, nose, and kidneys. There are a number of labs that are apparently booby-trapped so they will not be detected and innocent people have to die including law enforcement people who try to seize meth labs.