to the ‘Methborhood’
Meth use is a plague sweeping across
our country infecting everyone it comes in contact with. However, the
victims of this pestilence aren't the users alone. They are the children
of addicts who often end up as wards of the state, or worse, brain damaged
by the chemicals with no hope of a full and meaningful life. They are
the loving families meth users leave behind when they finally fry their
brains and whittle away to nothingness. They are the property owners
who have mistakenly rented their property to an individual who thrashes
their home and land in order to cook-up a batch of poison. And, they
are the next-door neighbors to these "clandestine" meth labs,
who get broken into and then threatened, stolen from and oftentimes
in the process, assaulted.
These victims are the ones who live
with a stench of cat urine lofting into their windows when their neighbors
are cooking. Unfortunately in many cases, neighbors to meth labs stay
silent in fear of retaliation. Fear that one day this tweeker next door
will do something crazy because he suspects you said something to someone
about something. Paranoia. Welcome to the Methborhood.
According to officials, neighbors who
suspect a meth lab should report it to authorities, but neighbors have
realized that police work takes time to gather enough evidence to raid
these establishments. In many cases, too much time, and the nearby residents
stay silent to placate the tweekers just so there'll be some semblance
There is, however, hope on the horizon.
With many states making Pseudoephedrine products prescription only,
a key ingredient to meth production, statistics for meth use and amount
of labs show a decline. But, then again, maybe people are just keeping
facts according to the DEA web site:
"Methamphetamine is one of the
most widely abused controlled substances in the state and availability
is high. In the past, powder methamphetamine was most common; however,
seizures show a switch to the more addictive and potent form of meth
referred to as 'ice' or 'crystal.'
Oregon legislators enacted a number
of laws aimed at directly reducing methamphetamine availability and
local production. In July 2006, products containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine,
precursor chemicals used in methamphetamine manufacturing, became Schedule
III controlled substances, available only by prescription. In recent
years, legislation restricted sales of pseudoephedrine by limiting sales
to licensed pharmacies. In addition, pharmacies are required to maintain
a log of purchase transactions and keep products behind a pharmacy counter.
Reported clandestine laboratory seizures have been declining, and the
local drug market has been increasingly supplied with methamphetamine
from other southwestern states and Mexico. Mexican drug trafficking
organizations dominate the methamphetamine supply in the Pacific Northwest."
Iodine, Sulfuric Acid, Red Phosphorous
(Road Flares), Battery Acid, Acetone, Anti-Freeze, Ephedrine Tablets,
Coleman Fuel, Pseudoephedrine Tablets, Lye, Muriatic Acid, Drain Cleaner,
of Clandestine Labs
Unusual odors similar to fingernail
polish remover or cat urine; Blacked out windows; Lots of traffic-people
coming and going at odd hours; Excessive trash-including large amounts
of precursors; Unusual amounts of clear glass containers being brought
into the home.
What if you suspect a meth lab?
Leave at once; Report it to your local
law enforcement agency; Do not open any coolers; Do not touch any items.
great resource for information can be found at southernoregonmeth.org.
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