Missouri was once considered the capital of a laboratory for laboratory research. Frequent busts and stories about explosive laboratories in residential neighborhoods have become so widespread that they were no longer newsworthy. prescription cold medicines and the necessary precursor in the home-made goal, which leads to a marked drop in seizures in the lab under laboratory conditions.
But this sharp decline speaks only of one side of history.
As the opioid crisis rages across the country, involving daily national titles, drug addiction reverts to methamphetamine, which threatens many Missourians and increases the burden on public resources
. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the USA in 201
. According to data provided by the Administration for Substance Abuse and Mental Health, or SAMHSA, in 2012 and 2016, they moved from more than 5,000 tolerances in 2012 to almost 7,700 in 2016. Admission 719 meters in 2016, increasing by 128 percent, from 404 more this year compared to 315 registered four years earlier
. By contrast, the state highway patrol of Missouri captured only one underground laboratory in St. Petersburg. Louis and one in Franklin County in 2017. In the county of St. Louis, in 2017, six laboratories for meth were removed, showing patrol highway data
. In 2011 and 2012 Jefferson County Municipal Law Enforcement Group seized only 16, said a sergeant. Tony Dennis.
"But the goal is as widespread as before, it's just the way they get it," he said. "Mom and pop meta-lab no longer exists, but users and drug addicts are still there."
Most methamphetamine available in the United States is produced in Mexico and trafficked northwards across the southwestern border. The National Drug Addiction Assessment (DEA) Assessment Report for 2018. "So, we still have to deal with all the same problems that arise from the met, but you do not have a lab near a house that could potentially blow up."
As of September, the Southern Missouri Drug National Drug Administration has seized approximately 15 times more methane grammes in 2018 than in 2008, but only one in eight laboratory laboratories. 19659003] William J. Callahan, a special agent responsible for the Department of St. Louis's DEA, covering the southern state of Illinois, Kansas and Missouri, said that many of the target penetrating the region crosses the southern border in liquid form and then returns back to "ice", the term for powerful methamphetamine, which is commonly consumed today, in the so-called "conversion laboratories."
Callahan describes the meth as part of a larger "stimulator crisis," which includes an increase in the production of cocaine in C olombia, adding that producers of methane "basically throw it on us".
Callahan said that an increase in the use of methane in the region is partly due to the cheapness, potency and availability of Methican meth. Meth is a stimulant that can be smoked, swallowed, inhaled or injected, causing the user to experience a significant increase in wakefulness, as well as decreased appetite, rapid breathing, rapid and / or abnormal heartbeat, and other physical symptoms.
Andy Moore, a Butler Coroner, said that unlike opiates, "you do not just take it and you will die with the goal." such as cardiac or respiratory problems, and although a certain death can not be clearly related to the met, they can still be considered as an overdose of methane, since the drug ultimately led to death. , – said Laura Cameron,
Due to the progress in the production process, the target potency has become extremely high, and production costs are relatively low.
DEA reported a purity of almost 39% for the purchase of domestic methamphetamine in the summer of 2007. A decade later, at the beginning of 2017, the level of purity was 93%.
Despite the achievements of chemistry that make the goal more clean in production, it has become "almost impossible" at the same time to find a metal that was not cut by other substances after Jason Grellner, a former lieutenant of the Franklin County Sheriff's Department and vice- president of the National Coalition of Drug Association.
Kalahan said that DEA meets met met with traces of fentanyl. Fortunately, these mixtures are still "rare", according to DEA
Meth is constantly mixed with synthetic drugs, many of which have psychoactive effects. This makes the work of health professionals extremely difficult, said Grelner, since people who come to treatment are often delusional and uncontrolled, experiencing auditory and visual hallucinations. discover a number of other substances with which he is often cut off.
Many years ago, Colli added, local producers produced an ounce or two at a time. Now that it's so easy to buy Mexican metal in bulk, they're not even worried. But there are no equivalent drugs available for drug addiction, which complicates the treatment of patients.
Cameron advocates patients' access to these drugs, along with other components of their treatment plan.
thrust. In many cases, medications block everything that comes in. So it's no longer fun – it's a waste of time, it's a waste of money, because you do not get any effect from it, "said Cameron.
Phoenix has tried an antidepressant called Mirtazapine, sometimes known as the Remeron brand, for some of its patients who recover from drug addiction. A 2011 study showed some encouraging results in the ability of mirtazapine to curb addiction, but only 60 male patients were screened.