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Taco John
08-24-2009, 10:17 PM
Who says government intervention stifles innovation?


AP IMPACT: New formula lets meth users make drug in soda bottles, avoid anti-drug laws
By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS , Associated Press

Last update: August 24, 2009 - 8:26 PM

TULSA, Okla. - This is the new formula for methamphetamine: a two-liter soda bottle, a few handfuls of cold pills and some noxious chemicals. Shake the bottle and the volatile reaction produces one of the world's most addictive drugs.

Only a few years ago, making meth required an elaborate lab with filthy containers simmering over open flames, cans of flammable liquids and hundreds of pills. The process gave off foul odors, sometimes sparked explosions and was so hard to conceal that dealers often "cooked" their drugs in rural areas.

But now drug users are making their own meth in small batches using a faster, cheaper and much simpler method with ingredients that can be carried in a knapsack and mixed on the run. The "shake-and-bake" approach has become popular because it requires a relatively small number of pills of the decongestant pseudoephedrine an amount easily obtained under even the toughest anti-meth laws that have been adopted across the nation to restrict large purchases of some cold medication.

"Somebody somewhere said 'Wait this requires a lot less pseudoephedrine, and I can fly under the radar,'" said Mark Woodward, spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control.

An Associated Press review of lab seizures and interviews with state and federal law enforcement agents found that the new method is rapidly spreading across the nation's midsection and is contributing to a spike in the number of meth cases after years of declining arrests.

The new formula does away with the clutter of typical meth labs, and it can turn the back seat of a car or a bathroom stall into a makeshift drug factory. Some addicts have even made the drug while driving.

The pills are crushed, combined with some common household chemicals and then shaken in the soda bottle. No flame is required.

Using the new formula, batches of meth are much smaller but just as dangerous as the old system, which sometimes produces powerful explosions, touches off intense fires and releases drug ingredients that must be handled as toxic waste.

"If there is any oxygen at all in the bottle, it has a propensity to make a giant fireball," said Sgt. Jason Clark of the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control. "You're not dealing with rocket scientists here anyway. If they get unlucky at all, it can have a very devastating reaction."

One little mistake, such as unscrewing the bottle cap too fast, can result in a huge blast, and police in Alabama, Oklahoma and other states have linked dozens of flash fires this year some of them fatal to meth manufacturing.

"Every meth recipe is dangerous, but in this one, if you don't shake it just right, you can build up too much pressure, and the container can pop," Woodward said.

When fire broke out in older labs, "it was usually on a stove in a back room or garage and people would just run, but when these things pop, you see more extreme burns because they are holding it. There are more fires and more burns because of the close proximity, whether it's on a couch or driving down the road."

After the chemical reaction, what's left is a crystalline powder that users smoke, snort or inject. They often discard the bottle, which now contains a poisonous brown and white sludge. Dozens of reports describe toxic bottles strewn along highways and rural roads in states with the worst meth problems.

The do-it-yourself method creates just enough meth for a few hits, allowing users to make their own doses instead of buying mass-produced drugs from a dealer.

"It simplified the process so much that everybody's making their own dope," said Kevin Williams, sheriff of Marion County, Ala., about 80 miles west of Birmingham. "It can be your next-door neighbor doing it. It can be one of your family members living downstairs in the basement."

A typical meth lab would normally take days to generate a full-size batch of meth, which would require a heat source and dozens, maybe hundreds, of boxes of cold pills.

http://www.startribune.com/nation/54572557.html?elr=KArks:DCiUMEaPc:UiacyKUzyaP37D_MDua_eyD5PcOiUr

Frazod
08-24-2009, 10:27 PM
Sounds like a great way for a bunch of wastoids to remove themselves and their friends from the gene pool.

Hey Jethro, is the meth done yet? Hold on, I'll check BOOM! LMAO

Reaper16
08-24-2009, 10:39 PM
Oh, Jesus. What a tremendous danger for drivers. Missouri roads just got more dangerous, that's for sure.

Taco John
08-24-2009, 10:48 PM
Sounds like a bunch of people who need free health care.

Reaper16
08-24-2009, 10:53 PM
Sounds like a bunch of people who need free health care.
:spock:

Simplex3
08-25-2009, 06:38 AM
Is anyone else a little suspicious about the police claims of just how dangerous this is?

KC native
08-25-2009, 08:27 AM
Heyooooo, who'da thunk it. People want to get high and find a way to do it regardless of the laws. Drug War Failure FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Halfcan
08-25-2009, 04:40 PM
Sounds like a great way for a bunch of wastoids to remove themselves and their friends from the gene pool.

Hey Jethro, is the meth done yet? Hold on, I'll check BOOM! LMAO

ROFL

banyon
08-25-2009, 05:32 PM
Is anyone else a little suspicious about the police claims of just how dangerous this is?

No, I've seen the results.

***SPRAYER
08-25-2009, 05:33 PM
Sounds like a bunch of people who need free health care.

ROFL

banyon
08-25-2009, 05:33 PM
It's a little more complicated than this article implies, but for anti-dissemination purposes, i am not going to say what extra processes that add to the volatility are left out of the article.

donkhater
08-26-2009, 07:31 AM
Heyooooo, who'da thunk it. People want to get high and find a way to do it regardless of the laws. Drug War Failure FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Absolutely. Maybe the biggest waste of America's tax dollars ever.

Radar Chief
08-26-2009, 08:16 AM
It's a little more complicated than this article implies, but for anti-dissemination purposes, i am not going to say what extra processes that add to the volatility are left out of the article.

At least when they screw this one up they’re only blowing their own hand off.
When they were boiling their high in anhydrous ammonium in the basement of an apartment building they could take out several families homes with the resulting fire.

acesn8s
08-26-2009, 09:03 AM
It's a little more complicated than this article implies, but for anti-dissemination purposes, i am not going to say what extra processes that add to the volatility are left out of the article.Making a few extra bucks, banyon?


:D

jidar
08-26-2009, 01:57 PM
It's a little more complicated than this article implies, but for anti-dissemination purposes, i am not going to say what extra processes that add to the volatility are left out of the article.

It's probably the first hit on google anyway

googlegoogle
08-26-2009, 09:16 PM
Sounds like a bunch of people who need free health care. banghead lmao