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Meth around the World

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Methamphetamine continues to surface in the news around the world. Many different countries are struggling at attempting to control the manufacturing and selling of meth. Recently in Mexico City, soldiers found 15 tons of methamphetamine, which in America would retail for $100 per gram. Meth production crackdowns in America and China may have contributed to Mexico’s increase in meth labs. China and America have attempted to put more rules and restrictions on meth ingredients and internet retailers. Canada has made it illegal to possess or import anything related to meth production. In 2005, Mexican law implemented that pseudoephedrine and ephedrine would be illegal; however, meth makers have found ways to supplement ingredients to avoid breaking the law in their country. This alteration has made making meth even cheaper. Below is a list of countries and facts regarding methamphetamine production:

  1. In South Korea, more than 90% of addicts who are seeking treatment are addicted to meth.
  2. In 2009, Indonesia authorities found 35 synthetic-drug labs.
  3. In South East Asia, meth-related arrests more than tripled from 2004-2009.
  4. In the Czech Republic, police shut down 300-400 meth laboratories per year.

With all of the risks that we have seen on the news involved with meth lab explosions and fires, this drug seems to keep a hold on the user despite the devastation it creates. In addition, meth addiction has grown in overwhelming rates around the world, creating a path of destruction on society. Source: The Economist (March 24, 2012)


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