Methamphetamine News

Oklahoma Meth Labs

The number of meth lab busts in Oklahoma since the beginning of this year alone is almost unimaginable. And yet these busts, numbering in the hundreds, grows daily. Headlines across literally every county in our State are screaming that this deadly menace is a threat to every neighborhood, including our own.

Law enforcement is carrying on a diligent fight to thwart these poison factories. It is a fight beset with difficulties. The ease in which a lab can be set up is scary, and it is this simplicity that plagues the concentrated efforts of the law and has sparked this horrendous epidemic A meth lab can be put together just about anywhere with little financial resources–a motel bathroom, a kitchen, a small work shed in the woods or the back of a van. Consequently law enforcement’s committed efforts to stop meth production in the heartland are overwhelming and can feel as though it is a no-win situation. It seems that for every lab that is taken down there are five more starting up. As law enforcement resources become overwhelmed by the sheer number of labs that are sprouting up all over the state the public outcry for help grows louder.

These factories of death and destruction have today become one of Oklahoma’s biggest problems, and the southeast portion of the state is one of the heaviest meth production areas. We at Narconon Arrowhead have committed our lives to creating a drug-free society and understand the urgency of ridding our neighborhoods of this latest drug plague. We also realize, however, that this goal will not be achieved by rehabilitating addicts alone. That is why we have made the commitment to bring all of our resources to the table and unite with law enforcement agencies, educators and all other concerned citizens that are tired of the death, destruction and crime that are part and parcel of this problem. We know from decades of experience that through effective drug education and community awareness programs, communities can drive these negative influences out. Together we can create a safe, sane drug– and crime-free environment for our kids. This is our commitment.

Tidal Wave of Methamphetamine in the Heartland

March 30, 1999: Missouri’s Pettis County Sheriff, Gary Starke, pleads for more state and federal resources to combat the tidal wave of methamphetamine. “In two years we’ve closed down 31 labs” in his central Missouri county, he said. “I’ve seen the users become younger and younger and younger.”

U.S. Sen. John Ashcroft called Missouri “tragically notorious.” Ashcroft said that 421 laboratories were seized in the state in 1997 ranking second only to California.

In the last three years, five Midwestern states have experienced a phenomenal increase in the importation, distribution, and clandestine manufacturing of methamphetamine. The region’s central location, numerous interstate highway systems along with its air and rail hubs enhances its popularity as a market for Mexican methamphetamine importation and distribution organizations operating along the Southwest Border (Arizona/California). In addition Missouri, Kansas and of late Iowa are seeing an explosion in the clandestine manufacturing of methamphetamine by small entrepreneurial users/dealers, primarily utilizing the ephedrine or pseudoephedrine reduction process.

In December 1996, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Executive Office of the President of the United States, identified counties in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota as the Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

Addicted Mom Charged with Murder

The State of Georgia is charging a woman for allegedly causing the death of her baby by taking drugs while pregnant.

She faces murder charges, after one her twins died shortly after birth, which prosecutors say was directly attributed to her use of cocaine and amphetamines while pregnant.

This is believed to be the first case of its kind to be prosecuted in Georgia. The woman’s lawyer plans to get a dismissal on the murder charges on the argument that Georgia law does not allow it.

Computer Game Simulates Drug Dealing

Dope Wars, a new game available for download from the Internet, enables users to buy and sell drugs in virtual reality. Dope Wars is the sixth-most popular download game on the web site.

In the game, players start with $2,000 in cash and $5,500 in debt. Players have 31 trips into neighborhoods to make as much money as they can selling marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine or any other drug. During the selling process, players come upon police officers and other obstacles.

Several politicians, including Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, condemned the game at a December hearing on violence in the media.

Narconon Arrowhead Press Releases

184 Deaths Predicted Due to Drunk Driving
A 4th of July Reminder
A Father’s Struggle with Son’s Addiction
A Mom’s Success Story
A Remedy For Unemployment
Access to Recovery
Addiction Treatment Gone Astray
Afghanistan Back Atop World’s Opium Production
Alcohol in American Society
America’s Drugged Society
An Independence Day Reminder
An International Day of Drug Awareness
Book Released by Narconon Arrowhead Promises Help with Addiction
Bush’s Recovery Now Program Makes Sense
Cannabis Confusion
Celebrating a Chemical Society
Celebrations Planned for Recovery Month
Change – That Which Is Hardest To Confront Is Usually For The Better
Colombia’s Presidential Election May Affect U.S
Crank: As Dirty as the Name Sounds
Disguised Chemical Warfare Present in U.S.
Disorder Dismay
Don’t Act So Surprised
Drug Rehab Adds Financial Stability in Community
Drug Rehabilitation Aids U.S. Budget Crisis
Drug Rehabilitation Making Headway
Ecstasy Moves to the Midwest
Educating America’s Youth 60 Seconds at a Time
Effective Detoxification – A Missing Ingredient in Most Drug Rehabs
Ethics and Advertising: The Alcohol Dilemma
Former Public Health Officials Speak Out About Substance Abuse
Given History of Opiates, Oxy’s Destruction not Surprising
Holidays Intensify Guilt of Addiction
Homeland Security Starts with the Hometown
In Search of Answers
Inmate Population Getting Out of Hand
Innovative Detoxification Program Restores Life to Addicts
Lawmakers Reviewing Non-Violent Drug Offender Sentencing in Budget Crisis
Letter To The Editor
‘Life on the Road’ Takes on a Whole New Meaning
Making Drug Addicts at an Early Age
“Manualized Treatment” is Cutting Edge in Drug Rehabilitation
Marijuana Easier to Get According to Teens
Marijuana-Related ER Visits Dramatically Rise
Medical Marijuana Argument Missing Facts
Merchants of Chaos
Meth Lab Busts Continue to Rise
Methadone Madness
Methadone Patients Left Searching For Freedom
Methamphetamine Grips The Nation
Mexican Kingpin Arrested, Puts Dent in Drug Cartel
Misdirected Spending Leaves Nation in Quandary
Mother’s Day Dream Come True
Narconon Arrowhead Plans Anniversary Event
Narconon Program’s Effectiveness Proven Locally
Narconon Releases Booklet, Dispels False Information About Drugs
Narconon Releases Self-Help Guide to Withdrawal
Narconon Provides Anti-Drug Booklet as School Year Begins
National Recovery Month Coming to a Close
New Book Released Provides Answers About Addiction
New Drug Use Trend Showing Up in Emergency Rooms
New Hope for Future of Drug Rehabilitation
North Korean Drug Trafficking Could Be Funding Military
Overcoming Adversity in Oklahoma
Parents Still Naive to Adolescent Drug Use
Priscilla Presley Speaks on Drugs, Addiction and Saving
Recovery Month Around the Corner
Rehab Faces Difficulties with International Drug Laws
Setting a Precedent for Substance Abuse Services Starts in Oklahoma
Study Reveals Sex, Drugs and…More Sex?
Study Shows Alcohol-Related Fatalities Rise During Prom, Graduation
Study Shows Drug Testing in Schools Not Enough
Study Shows Even One Drink Impairs Ability
Survey Shows New Drugs, Same Old Story
Teen Alchol Consumption Staggering
Teen Ecstasy Use Down, But More Education and Awareness Needed
The Agony of Heroin Addiction
The Basic Element of Rehabilitation
The Dangerous Mix of Drugs and HIV
The Myth of Good Drugs and Bad Drugs
The Myth of Marijuana
The Real Cost of Alcohol Advertising: Our Kids’ Lives
Treatment vs. Rehabilitation
Under-Aged Drinking Study Revisited As Spring Break Draws Nearer
War on Drugs’ Being Fought on New Ground by U.S. Government
Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing