Methamphetamine goes by many names. Here in Missouri it’s usually called “meth.” In Hawaii it’s called “ice”. The bikers call it “crank.” Other names that it goes by include speed, uppers, and bennies. No matter what you call it, it’s deadly. I think that it’s the most dangerous drug out there.
Meth is usually made by cooking cold medication with some very strong chemicals. A lot of the “cooks” are severely burned when they cook it because it can explode. Meth is cheap, easy to obtain, and gives a very strong high. But the high just lasts for a matter of minutes so the user needs more right away.
A couple of years ago my old GMC van was stolen from outside my house. The driver’s side door wouldn’t lock, making it easy to get into. But I didn’t worry about it. After all, who would want an old beat up van with over 300,000 miles on it? I was wrong.
The police told me that these old General Motors vans were ideal for people who cook meth to steal. They are easy to jack just using a screwdriver to pop out the ignition. Then they use them as portable meth labs, moving them around in rural areas to avoid the police. Missouri has become the meth making capital of the country.
I also lost a friend to meth. First he suffered all of the physical symptoms of addiction: his weight dropped to 125 pounds, his teeth fell out, and his body was covered with sores. But then he quit and was on his way to being rehabilitated. A quarrel with his wife got him back on the stuff. Shortly after he hung himself.
As if meth wasn’t already a big enough problem here in Missouri, now there is an easier way to make it that is gaining popularity in the state. According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch: “It’s cheap, easy and dangerous. And it’s exploding ‘” in some cases literally ‘” across Missouri from the rural Bootheel to urban Kansas City.”
“A new way to produce methamphetamine, unseen here a year ago, is becoming the preferred way for users to get a quick high and is fueling an increase in meth-related police activity after several years of decline.” Dubbed ‘shake and bake” or “one pot,” the method requires nothing more than a handful of ingredients and a container like a plastic soda bottle in which to mix them. Unlike the more traditional ways of cooking the drug ‘” which made meth such a problem in the area for two decades ‘” it doesn’t require a source of heat or a bulky collection of laboratory equipment.”
Take the danger out of making meth and I’m sure the epidemic we have here in rural Missouri will get much worse and more people will fall victim to it like my friend Cliff. Not to mention the old G.M. vans.