Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

12/28/2012 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Traditionally rural drug is making new inroads into urban areas.

Methamphetamine use, once considered by the public to be a rural scourge is now commonplace in urban areas. New cooking methods and organized gang distribution have made the drug more widespread than ever before and police are scrambling to fight the growing epidemic.

The tools to manufacture meth are simple, common, and dangerous.

The tools to manufacture meth are simple, common, and dangerous.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/28/2012 (1 year ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Methamphetamine, meth, drugs, police, urban, before and after


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Both law enforcement data and court records are revealing that meth busts are on the rise as the drug makes new inroads into urban markets. The increased prevalence of the drug is a result of easier manufacturing methods and better organization by criminal gangs.

Methamphetamine production was once notoriously dangerous and produced a strong ammonia scent that could carry for miles because of the use of ammonia in its production. These factors compelled meth labs to be built in rural areas where they would not be detected by their smell. Rural production also helped prevent detection of fires that could be started by poor methods.

However, new developments in manufacture of the drug allows people to make meth easily and cheaply using as little equipment as a two-liter bottle. This has allowed urban production to boom.

While urban production booms, Mexican drug cartels have also upped production, making yet more powerful versions of the drug in super labs then shipping the toxic substance north into the U.S. 

Wherever the meth is produced, urban distribution is chiefly handled by criminal street gangs that already have the infrastructure and methods in place for such distribution. This in turn promotes crime and violence as gangs compete for territory and addicts steal for money to purchase more of the drug.

A key ingredient in methamphetamine manufacture is pseudoephedrine, which is available only in limited quantities from pharmacies. To obtain the required quantities, manufacturers often recruit small groups of individuals, and sometimes the homeless, to visit pharmacies to buy their maximum allowed quantities.

Pooling these resources, manufacturers then have enough to make their next batch.

In addition to the increase in crime from theft and violence, meth production itself remains dangerous. A number of fires have been started in urban areas from failed meth manufacturing attempts. Vehicles have been found burning, in those cases where meth was being prepared inside.

Manufacturers can also use other chemicals including battery acid and drain cleaner.

All this means meth is an exceptionally dangerous drug. In addition to the dangers of manufacture, the use of the drug affects the brain. It can be instantly addictive, and it provides a temporary high with euphoria, increased libido, and mania, which can inspire individuals to do things they would not otherwise do, including endanger themselves or others.

The increased availability of the drug and its ease of manufacture, and low price have made it a popular choice across the socioeconomic spectrum. Police say they have even arrested retirees in possession of the drug.

Meth is no longer just a rural or poor man's drug. Today, it has entered the mainstream and police fight it daily. Meth and its inherent dangers are the new normal for law enforcement nationwide.

Check out this CBS News gallery of what Meth can do to you. Comment your thoughts below.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for August 2014
Refugees:
That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights.
Oceania: That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.



Comments


More U.S.

Why I Said No to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Embryonic Stem Cell Research Is Deadly Watch

Image of I was approached to take the Ice Bucket Challenge to help bring an end to ALS. I said No. I have tried to explain why I said No in this article. I hope it is a helpful contribution in our public discussion. As a Christian, it is never easy to be seen as seemingly unwilling to support a noble cause such as the eradication of a debilitating disease. However, it is vital that we stand for for the fundamental and foundational moral truth which underlies every effort to end disease, the dignity of every human person, including embryonic human persons.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

I was approached to take the Ice Bucket Challenge to help bring an end to ALS. I said No. I have tried to explain why I said No in this article. I hope it is a helpful contribution in our public discussion. As a Christian, it is never easy to be seen as seemingly ... continue reading


SHAKEN WINE: Strong earthquake jolts California's wine region Watch

Image of The weekend's temblor was felt widely throughout the region, from more than 200 miles south of Napa and as far east as the Nevada border.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake rumbled through the early Sunday morning hours in the heart of California's wine country. The epicenter was near the city of Napa in the Golden State's north. Fires erupted in a mobile home park where four homes were destroyed and two ... continue reading


Money is NOT the Root of Evil: Living Simplicity Watch

Image of Simplicity is not about the quantity of the goods of the earth we possess. It is about our relationship to them. Jesus said - Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matt. 6:21).

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

Learning to live in evangelical Simplicity strips away what impedes love. In finding our proper relationship to the goods of the earth- not rejecting them, craving them, or turning them into an idol- we can learn true freedom. Our eyes are opened and everything begins ... continue reading


Is Transgenderism a Mental Disorder or a Right? Watch

Image of Pope Emeritus Benedict was absolutely correct when he said, - the profound falsehood of this theory and of the anthropological revolution contained within it is obvious. - Gender is a gift. It is also a given. The dangers of the Gender Identity Movement are becoming increasingly clear.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

In a culture where freedom has been redefined as a right to choose anything and liberty has degenerated into license, the newspeak of the age has declared the instrumental use of the body of another to be sexual freedom. It is not freedom. It turns people into ... continue reading


WORST YET TO COME? Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen,' Pentagon says Watch

Image of IS is

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online has been keeping very close watch on the atrocities being committed by Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria, and according to a top government official - the worst is yet to come. According to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the sophistication, ... continue reading


Lawsuit dropped against devil worshiper in Oklahoma Watch

Image of Lawyers representing Archbishop Paul Coakley had earlier demanded the return of a communion wafer obtained by the group.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The leader of a satanic group in Oklahoma City had threatened that he and his followers would defile a consecrated communion wafer as an offering to Satan as a carnal sacrifice at a "Black Mass" ceremony inside Oklahoma City's Civic Center Music Hall. The ... continue reading


Should Americans have job preference over unskilled-illegal immigrants? President Obama doesn't think so Watch

Image of New polls are showing that Americans are tired of illegal immigrants getting benefits at the expense of citizens and legal immigrants.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

According to the Associated Press: "one of the more popular requests among business and family groups is a change in the way green cards are counted," which would "essentially free up some 800,000 additional visas the first year." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Caught in the act! This brutal video shows a CHP officer beating a woman on the side of the freeway Watch

Image of 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock is suing the California Highway Patrol after she was brutally assaulted by a patrolman on July 1.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A viral video has landed a California Highway Patrol officer in huge trouble after it was posted on YouTube. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The California Highway Patrol has announced that it has suspended officer Daniel Andrew after a video was posted online that ... continue reading


What Pope Francis said to make millions think about Abortion Watch

Image of On Saturday, August 16, 2014, during the apostolic visit to Korea, Pope Francis made a loud statement. However, he did not use words. He did not have to. His prophetic action brought to mind a saying attributed to his namesake, Francis of Asisi - I preach the Gospel at all times, but sometimes I use words.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

When Francis began his service from the chair of Peter, much hoopla filled the media about some alleged softening in the opposition of the Catholic Church to what are dismissively referred to as complicated "moral issues" such as abortion. Sadly, even some in the ... continue reading


Supreme Court Stays Redefinition of Marriage in Virginia Watch

Image of The U.S. Supreme Court overturned a U.S. Circuit court ruling, redefining the institution of marriage.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to delay the implementation of an appeals court ruling which struck down the expressed will of the voters of the State of Virginia that marriage is capable only between one man and one woman. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The ... continue reading


All U.S. News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Second Thessalonians 3:6-10, 16-18
6 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we urge you, ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 128:1-2, 4-5
1 [Song of Ascents] How blessed are all who fear ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 23:27-32
27 'Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 27th, 2014 Image

St. Monica
August 27: St. Monica was married by arrangement to a pagan official in ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter