Homemade Drugs: Methamphetamine Menace Fastest Rising Drug Threat

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As families, law enforcement, and governments worldwide continue their battle to thwart the menace of drug abuse, their efforts are being curtailed by the fastest rising threat to date--homemade methamphetamine. (http://www.drugabusestatistics.samhsa.gov)

According to a report in Issue #37 of The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the trafficking of methamphetamine and its abuse has been spreading eastward over the past decade. The number of meth labs seized increased 25% between 2001 and 2004. The report also points out in detail, state-by-state, the use of the drug from 12-year-olds on up to adults.

This class of drugs are easily manufactured with readily accessible over-the-counter medications and substances. For a few dollars these chemicals can be procured and created in homes, offices, schools--anywhere one can secret them.

Not only are they easy to produce, but the procedures for manufacture can be found in any of numerous venues, primarily websites that detail their deadly production.

Almost every day the safety of citizens is compromised by these illegal laboratories as they often explode, injuring and killing not only the manufacturers but innocent civilians unaware of their existence. Rescue squads and hospitals not only have to deal with treating the harmful and deadly effects of these chemicals on the users but also the devastating effects of explosions and fires and deadly fumes. (http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/mime/open.pdf)

Add to this the byproduct of toxic chemical wastes and it is obvious that growing meth use and production is not only a hazard to the users but also to the manufacturers, or 'cooks,' as they are called. In addition, law enforcement, rescue, and hazardous waste responder personnel are at risk when seizing these labs.

These drugs, sold cheaply in alarming quantities, offer the user a powerful and equally addictive high. The downside is an unprecedented addiction ratio compared to other similar substances. In a recent story, reporter Keith Elkins focuses on the ease these substances are acquired and their horrid after-effects. (http://keyetv.com/local/local_story_285214922.html)

The U.S. (as well as other countries), families, and communities that are suffering under the yoke of these chemicals are valiantly trying to confront and handle the growing terror.

According to data presented to Congress, the DEA has been making remarkable headway in this battle. (http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/pubs/cngrtest/ct040606.html)

On April 6, 2006, the Administrator for the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Honorable Karen P. Tandy, testified before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Science, the Departments of State, Justice, and Commerce, and Related Agencies. According to Ms. Tandy, the DEA has done remarkably well in battling the menace of methamphetamine on several fronts. They spent $176 million in fiscal year 2005 to battle meth and $18.8 million to administer 8,897 clandestine laboratory cleanups.

We must also note the DEA's international alliances and efforts. Canada, Hong Kong, and Mexico are working with the DEA to handle shipments of chemicals that could be used to manufacture methamphetamines. Additionally in 2005, according to Tandy's data, 105 Mexican officials were trained to handle chemical control and clandestine laboratories. Targeting netted a bust in March 2006 of 200 pounds of methamphetamine. (http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/press/dudsfp04pr.htm)

On October 11, 2006, the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics put out a release entitled "Methamphetamine Use Increasing Among State And Federal Prisoners". Startling data was gathered that states that since 1997 'prior' meth use among state and federal prisoners has increased. The Bureau states that the 7 percent increase of offenders using the drug one month prior to their arrest jumped to 11 percent in 2004. Meth use during an offense rose from 4 percent to 6 percent during the same period. The data was collected via the BJS "Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities," done periodically since the 1970's, and in 2004 involved the use of confidential personal interviews with a national representation of approximately 14,500 state and 3,700 federal prisoners.

The study also states that of women inmates, 17 percent of state and 15 percent of federal inmates had a higher likelihood of having used meth in the month prior to their offense.

Drug rehab programs are busting at the seams with victims who have fallen prey to methamphetamines. The Narconon® drug rehabilitation and education programs are at the forefront of this battle. Using drug rehabilitation methods based on the revolutionary discoveries of humanitarian and author L. Ron Hubbard, Narconon and its global staff stand shoulder-to-shoulder with governments, parents, and law enforcement to bring about a worldwide change to rid humanity of the devastating effects of substance abuse. The drug-free Narconon approach is heralded throughout the world for its humane and effective delivery. Founded in 1966 by Mr. William Benitez, who himself battled drug abuse, Narconon staff work tirelessly to bring humanity out of the trap of alcohol and other drug abuse.

For more information regarding the Narconon program and its rehab facilities, call (323) 962-2404 or visit http://www.narconon.org

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