According to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, the number of home meth labs in the Midwestern United States is declining. Authorities state that in 2014 the number of meth labs seized across the country was 9,500, down from the national high of 24,000 in 2004.
While this is good news, it does not mean that meth use is down. “What we’re hearing throughout the Midwest from our colleagues is they’re all seeing meth labs drop, but it’s critical to note that no state is saying meth use is down,” said Mark Woodward of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. “It’s just that they’ve switched sources from cooking it to importing it. Meth use and addiction are still epidemic.”
Today, Mexican cartels are manufacturing and bringing meth into the United States. Many users have simply switched from making their own meth to buying it from traffickers. In the long run this will likely pose more of a safety issue, as drug cartels slowly take over this market with their acts of crime and terror.
What’s the solution? How do we stop the use, sale, and trafficking of meth, and is this the next drug crisis that the DEA will try to face? Read more of the story here.