According to the NY Times, the amount of meth being found and seized by authorities has more than tripled in the last five years. In order to fight against meth use, Congress passed the Combat Methamphetamine Act in 2005. This made it illegal to buy pseudoephedrine (an ingredient used to make meth) over-the-counter. This lowered the number of meth labs and supply of meth within the United States for about five years, but where there is a demand, there is always a supply. Now meth has become even purer and cheaper. The average cost is around five dollars a hit, and the number of users has increased rapidly. With the increase of users, there is now a bigger need for meth addiction treatment.
Since the drug became harder to manufacture in the United States, meth production increased in Mexico and the drug is now being smuggled in. This drug is so cheap and pure that there is more meth than dealers know how to handle. At the United States border, the amount of meth being seized has gone up 10 to 20 times more than the amount taken 10 years ago. The amount of meth being seized within the United States has rapidly increased. In 2016, 21,747 pounds of the drug were seized by authorities in San Diego. At the border in California, Arizona, and Texas, agents seized 24 times as much.
“I have been involved with meth for the last 25 years. A wholesale plummet of price per pound, combined with a huge increase of purity, tells me they have perfected the production or manufacturing of methamphetamine. They have figured out the chemical reactions to get the best bang for their buck,” shared Steven Bell, a spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration.
With the increase in meth use, the number of deaths has risen as well. In Oregon, heroin used to be one of the more popular drugs, but now meth is back. In 2016, 232 people died from using meth. This is almost double the number of deaths from heroin, and it is three times more deaths from meth than have occurred over the past 10 years.
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