Meth in the Southern Tier of New York, 2008
 

 

 

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Since 1999, more than twenty-five percent of all NYS Meth seizures/incidents have been in the Southern Tier of NY. (Chemung, Tioga and Broome counties)

Meth is a very large problem in this country as well as the world. It shows no boundaries and spares no one. Since d-Meth (smokeable) was invented, the Meth epidemic has taken off. It affects every area of life in towns and cities where it has passed, injuring and killing thousands.

Once Meth enters a community, it never leaves.  It takes hold on the community as tightly as a new mother would her baby.  A community can expect a higher rate of crime, particularly burglaries, identify theft, and assaults.  As well as paying higher taxes to pay for legal fees, arrests, jail housing, health and dental care for the inmate.  The community should expect lower housing values near areas where Meth is used or cooked, and extremely high clean up cost if a lab is found.

The Southern Tier saw firsthand to what extent Meth could violently affect a community.  In 2004, two Bradford County deputies were attempting to serve two suspected cookers several warrants at a lab. The suspected cookers opened fire on them; Deputies Michael VanKuren and Chris Burger were murdered.

In February 2006, a methamphetamine lab explosion in Broome County caused a fatal fire and left 28-year-old Joshua Lamberg dead.  (Only 19% of Meth labs are found due to fire or explosion in the US.)

Police and drug enforcement teams believe super labs (Super labs can yield well over 20 pounds in a single batch.) are trafficking more Meth than the small clandestine labs.  Small clandestine labs only represent a small percentage of Meth - approximately 20 percent. 

 With NYS Meth lab numbers going down, 53 in 2004, 23 in 2005, 30 in 2006, 16 in 2007 (UNYRIC NYSP) one has to think of trafficking.  Meth users do NOT just stop using their drug due to new legislation.  They simply change methods of obtaining their drug. There are three types of methamphetamine: d, dl, and l.  Meth has gone through three stages of development.  Each time the precursors were changed due to legislation controlling them.  Example: Combat Methamphetamine Act of 2005 regulating sales of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine products, which are all precursor chemicals used in the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine.   

Even though Meth lab numbers are going down there continues to be numerous arrests involving Meth- possession, trafficking, child and sexual abuse, identify theft and others.

 Meth is trafficked into our area via the highways, often from Georgia or Arizona.   Some is being shipped or mailed in through Canada. 

 On January 3 2008, The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) warned public health and safety leaders across the country about a dangerous new drug threat coming from Canada. Ecstasy laced with Meth- known as “Extreme Ecstasy”.  It has been entering the US illegal drug markets, particularly in northern Border States. Intelligence reports indicate that once smuggled into the U.S., the Meth-laced Ecstasy is then being distributed throughout the country.

Alarmingly, more than 55 percent of the Ecstasy samples seized in the United States last year contained methamphetamine.  Cutting their product with less-expensive methamphetamine boosts profits for Canadian Ecstasy producers, likely increases the addictive potential of their product, and effectively gives a dangerous “face lift” to a designer drug that had fallen out of fashion with American drug users.

Communities at large need to become involved in the effort to say: No to Meth

 

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