Mexican 'Superlabs' Flooding the US With Cheap Meth
Meth use in Oklahoma has been growing substantially
The price of an ounce of black market meth in Oklahoma has plummeted by 400 percent since 2012 due to Mexican “superlabs” distributing massive amounts of the drug into the US.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents had bought methamphetamines off the black market in 2012 for $1,100, but now the prices have dropped to $250 to $450.
Meth use in Oklahoma has been growing substantially as federal and state governments have concentrated more on battling another dangerous drug: opioids.
According to the DC: “That’s as cheap as I have ever seen methamphetamine my entire career,” Salter said. The price of meth has dropped largely because meth “superlabs” in Mexico are producing hundreds of pounds of methamphetamines every day and smuggling it illegally into the U.S.
Deaths from meth overdoses have risen from 140 deaths in 2012 to 335 in 2016, according to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.
“There’s so much attention — not just in Oklahoma, but nationwide — on the opioid crisis,” Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics spokesman Mark Woodward told CNN. “But our single most deadly individual drug is methamphetamine.”
The Trump administration has ramped up federal efforts to curb the number of illegal opioids available.
In August, the DEA finalized new regulations on opioid manufacturers to ensure they produce only enough painkillers to fill a legitimate medical need.
A June study hinted that opioid abuse results in the death of 20 percent of young adults in America.