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Losing the meth war

With one-pot method, anyone with $30 can create the illegal drug, as well as the devastation it brings

Montgomery County Sheriff Bobby Dierks walks through a ramshackle farmhouse Feb. 24 that he says is a hot spot for methamphetamine cooks. Kansas has seen a surge in meth-lab incidents, from 143 in 2010 to 187 in 2011. Officials attribute the increase to the “one-pot” or “shake and bake” method of preparing the drug.

Montgomery County Sheriff Bobby Dierks walks through a ramshackle farmhouse Feb. 24 that he says is a hot spot for methamphetamine cooks. Kansas has seen a surge in meth-lab incidents, from 143 in 2010 to 187 in 2011. Officials attribute the increase to the “one-pot” or “shake and bake” method of preparing the drug.

March 4, 2012

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Editor's note: This is day one of a two-part feature on meth in southeast Kansas.

DEARING, KAN. — Drive through this small town, population 400, and people still wave and give a little honk.

The Resurgence of Meth

Officials in southeast Kansas talk about the recent spike in methamphetamine use. They believe it can be attributed to the "one-pot" or "shake and bake" method. Enlarge video

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Meth, by the numbers

A look at the number of meth lab incidents reported locally, statewide, and across the country. Statistics provided by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

The basics of meth

What is it?

A central nervous stimulant drug that is typically in a white powder form, or sometimes in small crystals. Users of meth can swallow, snort, smoke or inject the drug. The drug initially produces a euphoric rush — similar to cocaine — by increasing the amount of dopamine, a chemical in the brain. Meth was first created in the late 1800s and saw its first use as a medication for narcolepsy in the 1940s. Meth labs creating the drug for illicit purposes can be traced back to the 1980s, but the Drug Enforcement Agency didn’t began tracking national statistics until 1986.

Effects

Increased physical activity, decreased appetite, increased respiration, rapid and irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure and hyperthermia. Negative effects include weight loss, dental problems — or “meth mouth” — anxiety, confusion, insomnia, violent behavior, paranoia and delusions.

Other dangers

The drug is made through a series of chemical reactions of volatile ingredients, which can cause devastating fires. Though law enforcement says it’s difficult to give numbers on how many other crimes are meth-related, in meth-infested communities, robberies, burglaries and other violent crimes are associated with the drug. The Kansas 2005 Matt Samuels Act, which limited the amount of pseudoephedrine someone can purchase in the state, was named after a Greenwood County sheriff killed in 2005 when he entered a meth lab. The man who shot him admitted to being on meth when the shooting occurred.

How is it made?

Originally, meth lab producers needed larger labs, often located in rural areas, to produce the drug using pseudoephedrine. The “Nazi” or “Birch” method uses anhydrous ammonia, while the “Red P” method uses red phosphorus. Newer methods include the “one-pot” method, which requires less pseudoephedrine but neither red phosphorus or anhydrous ammonia, and can be made using commonly found products such as lithium batteries and garden fertilizer.

How prevalent?

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 0.1 percent, or 353,000, of Americans age 12 or older had used meth in the past month. That number is down from 0.3 percent, or 731,000, in 2006. Statistics from the DEA show meth lab seizures peaked in the early 2000s and declined until 2008. The numbers peaked in 2004 at 17,274 seizures, dropped to 5,389 in 2007, but have risen ever since. In 2011, there were 10,069 reported meth lab seizures.

Where does Kansas rank?

In 2011, Kansas ranked 14th in the country in meth lab seizures with 187. Missouri led the country with 2,092, followed by Indiana with 1,238 and Tennessee with 1,140. Oklahoma ranked fifth with 849.

County profiles

• Montgomery

Population: 35,453

Unemployment rate: 8.6 percent

Median household income: $40,603

Poverty level: 14.8 percent

• Crawford

Population: 38,985

Unemployment rate: 6.8 percent

Median household income: $35,386

Poverty level: 17.7 percent

• Cherokee

Population: 21,740

Unemployment rate: 6.7 percent

Median household income: $48,319

Poverty level: 17.5 percent

• Labette

Population: 21,791

Unemployment rate: 8.6 percent

Median household income: $39,049

Poverty level: 15.5 percent

A small, brick fire station, a few stores and modest single-story houses are about all there is to the town located five miles from the Oklahoma border.

Law enforcement, however, will tell you that Dearing is a hot spot for the methamphetamine production and use that plague a four-county region in southeast Kansas.

“Got a lab out of that one in January,” said Montgomery County Sheriff Bobby Dierks, pointing to a rundown house in an otherwise quiet Dearing neighborhood.

A few blocks down, Dierks pulls his Toyota Tundra into the driveway of a dilapidated house with “methamphetamine lab” warning signs posted on the windows and doors.

Around the corner, Dierks points to a mobile home where authorities busted a meth lab earlier this year.

Talk to people in law enforcement in neighboring counties and they tell similar stories about an explosion of meth use and production in Kansas towns such as Parsons, Pittsburg, Independence, Caney and Coffeyville.

“If you arrest one guy, chances are there are five guys down the street doing it,” said Christopher Williams, a drug detective with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. “There’s no shortage of people who are manufacturing methamphetamine.”

In 2011, Montgomery, Labette, Cherokee and Crawford counties, which border Oklahoma and Missouri in southeast Kansas, were responsible for 129 of 187 of the state’s meth lab incidents, which include lab, dump site and other material seizures.

The region’s pharmacists, pediatricians, police, prosecutors and treatment providers say they’re steeped in a growing war against meth — and are losing — as they try to fight crafty drug makers and a burgeoning epidemic.

Better pay attention, Kansas, they warn.

Patient zero

Law enforcement in Labette County, home to the city of Parsons, started seeing what’s known as the “one-pot,” or “shake and bake,” meth labs soon after Gary O’Hara, 37, was released from an Oklahoma prison.

Since 1994, O’Hara has spent the majority of his life in Oklahoma prisons for manufacturing and distributing meth.

Somewhere along the line, O’Hara learned the one-pot method, which is simpler than older meth production methods and requires much less pseudoephedrine, an over-the-counter cold medicine needed to manufacture the drug. Police say the one-pot method revolutionized meth production overnight.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections prison photo of Gary O'Hara. Police believe O'Hara taught others in southeast Kansas how to make meth via the "one-pot" or "shake and bake" method.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections prison photo of Gary O'Hara. Police believe O'Hara taught others in southeast Kansas how to make meth via the "one-pot" or "shake and bake" method.

Labs of the past, which peaked in the area and the country in the early 2000s, produced a strong smell, and cooks needed remote areas to avoid detection.

But with the one-pot method, anyone with $30 can make meth in a garage, a house or car.

“Everything you need you can buy at Walmart,” said Scott Gofourth, deputy police chief of the Parsons Police Department.

Go online and you’ll find detailed guides on how to make the drug.

The process involves adding ingredients to a bottle, such as a 2-liter plastic soda bottle, along with a host of other easy-to-obtain products, such as the lithium strips in batteries. The “shake and bake” term refers to the step in the process when the bottle is shaken, igniting a range of chemical reactions. If you’re good at it, you’ll have meth in an hour. If you’re unlucky, a blaze will pierce the bottle, shooting streams of flaming liquid.

In April 2010, law enforcement from several jurisdictions in southeast Kansas conducted a month-long investigation into meth production at a Parsons motel.

The investigation netted six arrests, including O’Hara, who police believe was the ring-leader. It’s also believed O’Hara, while in the area, taught others the one-pot method. Police had been hearing about the one-pot method for a few months, but the O’Hara sting was their first, up-close experience with the new method.

In less than two years since O’Hara’s arrest, the number of one-pot labs has shot up across the region. Labette County had five incidents in 2010 but 34 in 2011, statistics mirrored in Montgomery, Cherokee and Crawford counties.

Lawrence police say they have yet to see the one-pot method, and Douglas County has seen a drop in meth lab incidents since 2001, recording just two in 2011.

But as O’Hara showed, all it takes is one person to spread the recipe throughout a community.

In Montgomery County, Williams said they’re building a case on a manufacturer who they believe has taught at least seven people the one-pot method.

“You can bet they’ve shown seven other people,” Williams said. “It just mushrooms from there.”

O’Hara was charged with meth manufacturing but was released from Labette County Jail on a $100,000 bond in 2010. On Christmas Day 2010, police allege, O’Hara stole a truck from a dealership in Broken Arrow, Okla. Two months later, police pulled O’Hara over for not wearing his seat belt.

Inside the truck cab, police found two shake-and-bake labs, as well as marijuana, Xanax and Oxycodone. O’Hara is awaiting trial on numerous charges in Tulsa County, Okla.

Parsons

Quickly shuffling through a crowded office at the Labette County Health Department, pediatrician Manish Dixit works through his list of patients. The office is filled with baby photos, the waiting room with crying kids.

The pediatrician’s office is always full, says the receptionist, and the wait long. A middle-aged woman in a nurse’s outfit helps Dixit coordinate patients, and she makes it clear the children are the No. 1 priority.

“The newspaperman will have to wait,” she barks.

Dixit has to sneak into a back office to talk. While law enforcement count the toll of meth use in arrests and lab seizures, Dixit counts it in lives destroyed.

He begins a somber discussion of how the drug has devastated an entire generation of families in the area.

“Parents will be on the high when they come in,” says Dixit, describing the telltale signs of spacey, restless and agitated adults bringing children in for treatment.

Then there are the pregnant ones.

Meth use can cause an abruption of the placenta, Dixit says, and you end up with babies being delivered in driveways.

“Mothers aborting on a regular basis,” he says.

The babies who survive are plagued with lifelong physical and psychological problems, Dixit says.

Dixit’s office makes referrals to child protective services.

“But they keep shifting from doctor to doctor, and there’s no tracking,” Dixit says.

A couple of years ago, Dixit teamed up with law enforcement, a pharmacist and city officials to work on a city ordinance requiring a prescription for pseudoephedrine. In 2011, Parsons became the first and only municipality in the state to do so.

Gofourth, also a strong advocate for the ordinance — effective July 1 — said the numbers show it’s made a dent in the fight against meth.

In the first six months of 2011, his department saw about 25 meth lab incidents, but just 10 in the last six months of the year.

The problem? Meth makers who need pseudoephedrine simply go to neighboring communities, collecting the drug in a process known as “smurfing.”

Teams of people load up in vans and scour the region, buying up their monthly allotment of pseudoephedrine, 3.6 grams per purchase or 9 grams per month, from pharmacies.

It’s a common practice across southeast Kansas, police say.

“There is a lot of people out there who purchase pseudoephedrine just to sell it,” said Williams, the drug detective. The going price can reach $50 for a $5 box. “You can make a lot of money doing that.”

A 2005 Kansas law, the Matthew Samuels Act, placed the restrictions on pseudoephedrine purchasing in an attempt to reduce production. It worked — for a while.

In 2001, police reported 847 meth lab incidents in Kansas, and that number dropped to 583 by 2004. Since 2005, those numbers have continued to plummet, until recently. In 2010, the state reported 143 incidents but 187 in 2011.

“We’re definitely going back up,” said Loretta Severin, drug strategy coordinator for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. “Mostly that’s attributed to the one-pot method.”

As the one-pot method has risen in popularity, smurfing has resurfaced, Severin said.

“It’s kind of an institutional culture down there,” said Severin, citing the close proximity to two states, Missouri and Oklahoma, that rank high in meth production and use.

While Kansas limits the amount of pseudoephedrine someone can purchase, the computer tracking system that helps pharmacies monitor buys, tracks only purchases in each state. So, someone could make a loop from Missouri to Oklahoma to Kansas, and net a nice quantity of the drug in a short time, Severin said.

Have a few fake IDs and it’s even easier.

A Montgomery County sheriff's notice is posted to the window of a home in Independence, Kan. where a methamphetamine lab was seized.

A Montgomery County sheriff's notice is posted to the window of a home in Independence, Kan. where a methamphetamine lab was seized.

‘Meth trash’

Dierks, the Montgomery County Sheriff, cruises through the back roads that cut through the fields of his county, just north of Independence, the county seat.

He’s on the hunt for what he calls “meth trash,” what drug makers leave behind in abandoned sheds, barns and houses. Any meth-related materials are considered dangerous and toxic, and law enforcement often bears much of the burden of disposing of the waste. It can cost thousands in materials, and more in man hours, to clean up a site, which occasionally goes up in flames.

He pulls up to an abandoned house in the middle of a bean and wheat field, once owned by a guy named “Smith,” Dierks said. There was a barn, but some meth makers burned it down a few years ago.

Dierks storms through the house, which looks like it was hit by a tornado. He says this is one of the many spots around the county they’ve busted over the years. He warns about nails, and plows through the house scanning for evidence of recent activity. A couple of empty cans of Red Bull litter the walkway. Inside he finds an empty 2-liter Pepsi bottle, most likely older meth trash, he says.

Back on the road, Dierks stops by a friend’s farm, and helps the rancher corral a few cows that have wandered out through an open gate. Then it’s back on the road. As he drives, Dierks talks about the hard-working people he’s seen devastated by meth, something that’s become generational. Guys he went to high school with got wrapped up in it, and now they’re arresting the sons of those men, who went to school with his kids.

As Dierks cruises along another country road, pointing out more abandoned drug houses, he doesn’t swerve for a dead carcass on the gravel road.

“Groundhog,” he says. A few moments later: “Guess he didn’t see his shadow.”

Why southeast Kansas?

Southeast Kansas is a hub of meth activity. In 2010, Crawford County had 40 meth seizures alone.

Southeast Kansas is a hub of meth activity. In 2010, Crawford County had 40 meth seizures alone.

Local law enforcement report they have yet to see the one-pot meth methods that have infiltrated southeast Kansas.

Why meth and the one-pot method is focused in southeast Kansas is subject to different theories from those entrenched in the fight against it.

“There’s no one reason for that,” Severin said.

When the larger labs started showing up in the late 1990s and early 2000s, they hid in rural communities, such as southeast Kansas, Severin said. But why hasn’t it been seen in other parts of Kansas?

“Is western Kansas rural? Absolutely,” Severin said. “But we don’t see near the numbers.”

Steve Wilhoft, an assistant attorney general who prosecutes large drug cases in southeast Kansas, cites the low socio-economic status of the region; cheap drugs and cheap ways to make a little extra money in a depressed economy can prove attractive to poorer Kansans. While there are other poor counties in Kansas, this region claims the high percentages of residents below the poverty line, between about 15 percent and 18 percent, well above the state’s 12.4 percent average. Unemployment rates are also higher in the region than the state’s 5.9 percent unemployment rate. Labette and Montgomery counties, for instance, are near 9 percent.

Williams, the detective, mentions the region’s proximity to Tulsa, burdened with its own significant meth problems. Easy to spread a little north, he said.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg of what we’re going to see,” Williams said. “If the people of Douglas County don’t think that this is coming, they’re wrong.”

Comments

Richard Heckler 2 years, 6 months ago

The destruction of the job market by way of Bush/Cheney and the banking industry will further encourage meth lab employment.

Until the government restores the millions of jobs lost people will be looking for ways to generate income. Decriminalize marijuana which would allow more resources to be devoted to the truly dangerous element of the black market drug industry.

Decriminalize marijuana is the practical and sensible approach. Allow users to grow their own.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 6 months ago

Bring out your dead (horses)! Bring out your dead (horses)!

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Jeff Kilgore 2 years, 6 months ago

Your response is too bluntly honest to be believed. Those who are disparaging you have good incomes and don't know what the downward spiral of the United States of the Corporations have achieved with their constant pressure on lower wages and outsourcing jobs. Still, merrill, 30 years of globalization is just as much a factor as Bush/Cheney and the still corrupt banking industry.

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Liberty275 2 years, 6 months ago

Are you petitioning to repeal the 21st amendment? If you mess up my supply of glenlivet, I'll just have to make it myself.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 6 months ago

Get that aspirin off the shelves! Is that what your're saying?

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jjinks 2 years, 6 months ago

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Jeff Kilgore 2 years, 6 months ago

Where have efforts been successful to curb the use of meth? Is there any area regionally or nationally that has answer to help slow this down?

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shaunepec 2 years, 6 months ago

We'll have a part two of this tomorrow as well. But Oregon and Mississippi have passed prescription only pseudo laws, and that seems to have made a different in those states.

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shaunepec 2 years, 6 months ago

much appreciated. Glad to see people are interested.

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Armstrong 2 years, 6 months ago

I saw a list of ingredients for meth on line some time ago. Drano, Anhydrous ammionia, to name a couple. And people really want to put that in their bodies ? That is beyond dumb

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deec 2 years, 6 months ago

Or the chemicals fed/injected into meat animals.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 6 months ago

There are so many preservatives in foods these days that embalming is no longer necessary.

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 6 months ago

It could be that meth lab people moved from Oregon and Mississippi to neighboring states then transport the goods back to their customer base.

This meth is addictive big time and quickly so I read.

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beatrice 2 years, 6 months ago

jkilgore: "Where have efforts been successful to curb the use of meth?"

Answer: Portugal. http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1893946,00.html

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StopMethLabscom 2 years, 6 months ago

This has been successful in the two states that have passed a prescription law which can be called in by your doctor. Oregon was the first that went from 584 meth labs to passing a prescription law in 2006 then labs dropped to an average of 10 meth labs a year and last year they only had 9 . Oregon crime hit a 50 year low after passage.

Mississippi past a prescription law in 2010 and in the first 6 months meth labs dropped 70% and children taken from meth homes dropped 77%.

http://www.StopMethLabs.com

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Kyle Chandler 2 years, 6 months ago

Nice to see the Fox News people out today...

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beatrice 2 years, 6 months ago

Good point Kyle. Why aren't they in church?

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Mike Ford 2 years, 6 months ago

math....clueless as usual. I went through this area to OKC a week or so ago. These areas were company towns. Cement in Parsons and Chanute, Oil in Coffeyville, and small company factories in lots of other 6,000 to 10,000 person towns. You see a half full industrial park on the north side of Coffeyville and an industrial park south of Independence. One goes into the former railroad, mining, and ranching ghost towns where poor people seek affordable housing and have to drive 40 or 50 miles to find work and nobody pays worthwhile wages and voila one has to create extra income. I knew someone back in the day who would drive from Neodesha to Johnson County, Kansas everyday to find work that paid enough to survive. What's funny is that the majority of the population in this area in white or white/native american. They buy into the right wing churchlican view of minorities even though many other White people view them as White trash. My parent was a minister in a southeast Kansas county that was probably 95% White and had meth labs found in the county seat two blocks from the county courthouse. SRS listed this county as the 103rd most wealthy out of 105 counties a decade ago and the county was mostly republican....oh the hypocracy and denial of Kansas.....right math....

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Lawrence Morgan 2 years, 6 months ago

Please see my comment underneath the video.

Tuschkahoma, your comments are right on.

And I agree with merril's comment as well. And autie's point is very well taken: Interview some users, see what has happened to these people that they have had to take this route.

StopMethLabsCom has a very important point: there should be laws in every state that make it very difficult to get the ingredients.

I'm very glad that Shawn Hittle is doing this series!

The only thing is, it needs to be on the web page of every paper in the state, and especially in schools.

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Liberty275 2 years, 6 months ago

Someplace I read the definition of insanity is performing the same action again and again while expecting a different outcome each time. If that is true, the war on drugs, including killers like meth and crack, is insanity. We put men on the moon. You would think we could come up with a system that allows personal freedom while keeping each individual educated regarding the effects drugs are having on their bodies and intervening when medically necessary.

People are going to do meth. Do you want them to get garbage cooked up in a coke bottle or in a lab? Meth is horrid. Meth cooked up by some illiterate hick without regard for the safety of their customers or the environment is 1000 times worse. The choice is simple.

When was the last time we had widespread lead poisoning from booze condensed in a soldered radiator? 1930 something?

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pittstatebb 2 years, 6 months ago

So Liberty, are you suggesting that the government supply meth to addicts?

I know you answer is no, but it begs the question where will they get it if it is legal?

Do you expect a meth addict to hold a job, or work a job while high? Do you expect a meth user to not become addicted?

You want to argue for legalization/decriminalization of pot, I understand. But meth only has one positive . . . loosing weight

PS: LIbertarians are closer to an anarchist than they are a Republican.

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Liberty275 2 years, 6 months ago

"but it begs the question where will they get it if it is legal?"

The same place drunks get booze.

"Do you expect a meth addict to hold a job"

Yes.

"Do you expect a meth user to not become addicted?"

No.

"You want to argue for legalization/decriminalization of pot, I understand. But meth only has one positive . . . loosing weight"

You are right. But the point lies far deeper than the value of the drug itself. In my opinion, drugs are akin to speech in that if any are legalized, they all should be (given similar limitations as are placed on speech, which should be rarely considered). The reason I say that is because when you start saying "pot should be legal, but not meth" you are setting up the next guy to say "Tobacco is OK, but not pot". It's like liberals screeching free speech when someone burns a flag, but then supports lawsuits against the phelps klan for standing on the sidewalk with dumb signs telling us their opinion of what their non-existent god thinks about homosexuality. Drawing lines in the sand is hypocritical. That doesn't mean libertarians don't draw lines, but we'd always prefer not to.

Who are we going to trust making the decision for us what drug is OK and what drug isn't? Are you going to compel me to trust the same guy that you do? And really, do you think other people can make better decisions for you than yourself?

Besides all that, do you want people using meth made in a coke bottle and sold to anyone in alleys or would it not be better for people using meth to purchase the drug made in labs to stringent codes and sold by retailers that have too much to lose to sell to minors? People are going to do meth. You can't stop them. But with a different approach maybe you can stop them from inhaling the remnants of Drano and keep it somewhat more out of the hands of minors.

"LIbertarians are closer to an anarchist than they are a Republican."

Not so. Anarchists by definition want ZERO government. As a libertarian, I believe we should have as small a government as the constitution demands. In that, libertarians are more closely related to republicans, given the none/small government dichotomy. In practice, we are to the left of the liberals and to the right of the republicans depending on the topic. I don't particularly like anarchists. Damaging other people's property is against libertarian philosophy.

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StopMethLabscom 2 years, 6 months ago

That is the same spin the paid drug lobby bloggers throw our and it has prescription pseudoephedrine has proven itself in Oregon for 6 years at an average of 10 a year.

It is a free call for your doctor to call it in and it stops all the smurfs with the fake ID's.

This is not a meth bill but a meth lab bill. It will stop the children from burning to death from meth fires. We had 3 brothers and sisters died from a meth fire in Jan.

Everyone should get behind this !

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EJ Mulligan 2 years, 6 months ago

Thank you, Shaun and LJW, for excellent reporting. Articles like this are what make local newspapers so valuable.

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Mike Ford 2 years, 6 months ago

autie, I guess the industrial park sign I see near the train track on the way to Caney on 75 means there's no industrial sign there. I've been on backroads on K 39 and K 47, I've driven from Toronto Lake to Sedan entirely on dirt roads taking pictures on stolen Osage lands in the Flint Hills in places like Longton and Elk Falls and over to Chautaqua. I've driven through Weir, Cherokee, West Mineral, and Treece. I've taken K-7 all the way to the Oklahoma border. You know where Elgin or Severy or Galesburg, Kansas is? or better yet Kincaid or Mildred? Parsons lost the ammo plant I used to deliver computers to. Or all of the businesses closed along K-160 to US 75 in Independence. Yes I see many oil wells going between Welda and Colony and the flag on the top of the plant at Chanute but many of these towns are one closure away from disaster. Remember Winfield, Kansas, and all of it's closures?

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kansanbygrace 2 years, 6 months ago

Read more thoroughly, it's about the poverty, unquestionably exacerbated by loss of the majority of the productive jobs in the area, correlated with increased drug use, including meth (as the cheapest of the bunch). Alcohol abuse is up, as is every other symptom of desperation.
The problems are all interrelated, and far-right Republicans and traditional Republicans and Democrats and far-left Democrats and Independents and extreme middle-Independents all share in the consequences of thoughtless economic and business policies implemented by Democrats and Republicans alike through the last 30 or so years.
Globalization is most expensive to productive people in well-off nations. There's no escaping that reality. I was in meetings in Independence and Coffeyville in the last two weeks. These conversations are common and no one I've heard will deny this state of affairs.

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kansanbygrace 2 years, 6 months ago

A bit tangential, but it does clearly define your position.

I don't remember any constitutional amendment rendering our government's responsibility to govern our own nation moot and transferring its authority to dominating the world for the banker's benefit.

Feudalism in every form will meet resistance by those who seek freedom, acquiescence by those who see it as inevitable (your position, apparently) and frustration by those victimized, frustrated and helpless to change it.

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Mike Ford 2 years, 6 months ago

naw....there is no linking as some uninformed trolls state.....it's a reality.....how many churches do I see in rural Kansas and Oklahoma? how little economic opportunity is there in these backwaters that republicans, tea partiers and trolls feed off of like vampires of fear. It's easy to rightly assign blame to republicans because they ignore real issues and deceive people with god, guns, illegals, and abortion, and let these places go to hades. By using the tranformation misnomer, Falseintelligencenoclue, you ignore that your minions of distraction did much of the damage that is taking much work by the Obama Administration to dig out of all the while the dimwits of lunacy hope that the rural uninformed buy the above tried and true distractions and stay in misery to always be exploited by the vampires of fear.

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methlabhomescom 2 years, 6 months ago

Keep in mind that police estimate they may only be busting 1 to 3% of all of the meth labs that exist, all of which are contaminated with toxic meth lab chemicals. Before you buy or rent, be sure the home or apartment wasn't used to make meth, ESPECIALLY if you have young children or your pregnant. Chronic exposure to low levels of meth lab chemicals can cause serious health problems, some of which are life threatening. I hear from people who were sold or rented contaminated meth lab homes, all the time, even in states with meth lab disclosure laws. As with other laws, disclosure laws only work when people adhere to them. Be especially careful when buying a bank foreclosure or buying or renting a government-owned property. For more information about former meth lab homes, some of which includes info about the illness and financial problems they cause to innocent people, please visit my website methlabhomes.com .

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graylanternlizard 2 years, 6 months ago

Pseudoephedrine needs to deemed a scheduled drug in the State of Kansas. Simple-> obtained by prescription only.

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SEK_rancher 2 years, 6 months ago

As a Southeast Kansas farmer and cattle rancher I have dealt first hand with the effects of Meth through neighbors getting involved in it, finding remains of a lab in our remote pastures and river property and having Anhydrous Amonia stolen from the tank that sat idle in our front yard for just a few brief hours during the busy planting season. It is fairly easy to blame a political party however, the reality of the situation is it has been a problem since the Clinton admin. It just slowed down while Bush was in office primarily because of the handling techniques used by farmers with the Anhydrous. With the new technique not using the Anhydrous it has helped take the strain off of the farmers, however, we are still having problems with people utilizing our remote back roads to mfg. their product. Unfortunately I have seen people fall victim to this drug that come from both Democrat and Republicans beliefs, atheists and Catholics, "trailer trash", preachers sons and doctors kids. As my mother is a teacher she often sees the effects on children in the school system due to Meth. As we are a Rural county we do not have the resources and funding to patrol a county that may very well be 600 square miles. This leaves two to three duputies to patrol on their own with three to four city officers to patrol the major cities per shift. I believe the best way to stop the problem would be a country wide ban on pseudo ephedrine without prescription and also create a country wide data base that tracks purchases that operate off of a scanned, state issued ID to help eliminate the fake ID's. However as we are finding the manufacturers will just find another way to get around it. Whatever the solution I can only hope it comes soon. I very well written article Mr. Hittle.

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StopMethLabscom 2 years, 6 months ago

Well boys and girls " Meth Proof Pseudoephedrine " is here and just passed all DEA test and here is the link to the story. The bad part is it will still take a prescription law to get the pseudoephedrine makers to put this technology in all their products because they make over a billion dollars a year just off the meth cook market. http://kplr11.com/2012/03/08/new-allergy-medicine-could-end-meth-problem

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