Along with the surge of taking prescription drugs, so has the use of illegal methamphetamines. The use and production of meth has spread across the United States. This epidemic is turning rural areas into dangerous meth labs ready to blow up if not constructed correctly. Meth is unique because it is mostly produced domestically unlike most other drugs. This production lets people see first hand of the dangers of not only drug addiction but the impact that drug production has on communities. The spread of production and addictiveness of crystal methamphetamine make it a dangerous problem in America today.
Meth labs are not your normal drug lab. These labs can be made anywhere where the materials of household items are available. Usually they are constructed in rural areas of lower to middle class status. They can also be made in the back of vans. Meth labs are usually produced in low traffic areas or abandoned buildings (Methamphetamine FAQ). The equipment used is very portable and labs may not necessarily be in use for a long time before moving to a new location. Most operations are commonly small and might only include half a dozen people involved (Understanding Meth). Most methamphetamine users are usually addicts themselves, consuming most of the product produced and selling the excess to constantly buy new ingredients (Understanding Meth). Meth is usually produced in rural areas, but can also be found in empty housing or back areas of businesses. Due to the “small business” nature of meth labs the producers can’t really be considered large scale organized crime (Understanding Meth). Producers usually get the raw materials from local shops and hardware stores. The chemical composition of methamphetamine is C10H15N (Crystal Meth Ingredients).
All the ingredients used to create methamphetamine are toxic by themselves. There are many variations to meth recipes that vary regionally and upon availability of key ingredients, some common ingredients include: household drain cleaners, brake fluid, Lithium (extracted from lithium dry cell batteries), lighter fluid, gasoline additives, paint thinner, liquid camp stove fuels, cold medications, red phosphorous lye, charcoal lighter fluids, iodine ephedrine and propane (Crystal Meth Ingredients). A major reason why methamphetamine is such a difficult drug to enforce, is the fact that so many labs exist and that these labs can have an area of operation set up; and make a batch in a short amount of time and gather their materials from common home-improvement type stores (Methamphetamine FAQ). Although some pharmacies have limits on how much cold medicine one person can buy, a meth-maker could still get a mass supply by stopping at multiple stores to fill his inventory.
The hazards of methamphetamine do not stop at injesting it into the body. Methamphetamine is dangerous to produce, and impacts the environment where it is produced (Inspectors Beware: the Dangers of Meth Labs). With the low...