Monday, August 31, 2009

Is the IE surrendering its technological lead in the meth industry?

I read an Anthony Citrano share in FriendFeed and followed it to this San Francisco Chronicle article:

This is the new formula for methamphetamine: a 2-liter soda bottle, a few handfuls of cold pills and some noxious chemicals. Shake the bottle and the volatile reaction produces one of the world's most addictive drugs.

Only a few years ago, making meth required an elaborate lab....

Go here to read more. It turns out that the "shake and bake" method has some advantages:

  • It needs less pseudoephedrine, which potentially means that users can obtain the drug in small quantities and not run into legal limits.

  • You don't need to depend upon a dealer, because you can make your own small personal batch.

  • You need less room to create the drug. The article states that some people have even mixed up a batch while driving. (Now that's a scary thought.)
However, this method ISN'T any less dangerous than the old meth lab method.

One little mistake, such as unscrewing the bottle cap too fast, can result in a huge blast, and police in Alabama, Oklahoma and other states have linked dozens of flash fires this year - some of them fatal - to meth manufacturing.

Oh, and the bottle used to mix up the meth is toxic. Imagine running across one of those while scavenging for recyclables.

This is gonna be REALLY fun, because you know it's gonna hit here if it hasn't already.

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