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Best and brightest goes to prison for meth

A cautionary tale. Drugs don’t care if you are a Phi Beta Kappa Georgetown law student like Marc Gersen. He got addicted to meth, got in way over his head, thought he was smarter than the cops, kept dealing after they raided his apartment, and now he’s going to prison for four years after being caught with 500 grams of meth. So much for the law career.

Once addiction starts it becomes self-perpetuating and all-consuming and who you were before becomes irrelevant. 500 grams is 17 ounces. That’s a lot of meth and not casual dealing to pay for your own habit.

Addicts always think they’re too clever to get caught. This goes with the territory.That he kept on dealing after the police raid shows how deep the addiction had its claws in him.

I have been there… Meth nearly took me down many years ago.

Portugal legalized personal use of all drugs some years ago and drug use there is now lower than in the rest of the EU. This is the best way to deal with drug problems. Deciminalize drugs and insure that treatment is readily available. Not only is this the most humane way of dealing with the problem, it’s also the best in terms of public safety.

The Velvet Underground’s song about meth.

White light goin’ messin’ up my brain
White light gonna drive me insane
White heat tickle me down to my toes
White light I said now goodness knows, do it.

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Breaking Bad. Meth dealers as anti-heroes? I don’t get it

I just watched Breaking Bad for the first time. It’s excellent writing and acting, to be sure, but they’re all dirtbags, aren’t they? Besides, real-life meth cookers and dealers are generally sleazier and more treacherous than portrayed on the show, and are usually strung out too.

So, I don’t get Breaking Bad unless you want to cop vicarious thrills about a world you know nothing about. Me, I was strung out on meth once and that world holds no glamour or romance for me. I’m glad I got out alive.

Old Crow Medicine Show. Methamphetamine

Times they ain’t like nothing they used to be
From Rocky Mountain to Northeast Tennessee
Where the river flows with a dusty cold disease
And the babies whine ’cause they can’t find nothing to eat

But mama she ain’t hungry no more
She’s waiting for a knock on the trailer door

Its gonna rock you like a hurricane
It’s gonna rock you till you lose sleep
It’s gonna rock you till you’re out of a job
It’s gonna rock you till you’re out on the street

It’s gonna rock you till you’re down on your knees
It’s gonna have you begging pretty please
It’s gonna rock you like a hurricane

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Amphetamine psychosis in the meth capital of US

A 23 year old Fresno, CA mother shot her two toddlers, cousin, husband, and herself after smoking meth. It’s called amphetamine psychosis, and it’s beyond ugly.

The Central Valley of California is a hub for meth distribution. Rural areas are good for cooking meth in and some fertilizers are precursors. I-5 and State Rt 99 are major north-south arteries and go through the Central Valley.

“Once people who are on meth become psychotic, they are very dangerous,” said Dr. Alex Stalcup, who treated Haight Ashbury heroin users in the 1960s, but now researches meth and works with addicts in the San Francisco Bay Area suburbs. “They’re completely bonkers; they’re nuts. We’re talking about very extreme alterations of normal brain function. Once someone becomes triggered to violence, there aren’t any limits or boundaries.”

It’s called tweak now not speed but what Canned Heat says still stands. I was addicted to meth for a couple of years in the late 60’s. Speed kills.

Canned Heat – Amphetamine Annie

Wanna tell you all a story, about this chick I know.
They call her Amphetamine Annie, and she’s always shovelin’ snow.
I sat her down and told her, I told her crystal clear
I don’t mind you gettin’ high but there’s one thing you should fear
Your mind might think it’s flyin’ baby on those little pills
But you ought to know it’s dyin’, cause – speed kills!

But Annie kept on speedin’, her health was gettin’ poor
She saw things in the window, she heard things at the door
Her mouth was like a grindin’ mill, her lips where cracked and sore
Her skin was turnin’ yellow, I just couldn’t take it no more
She thought her mind was flyin’ on those litte pills
She didn’t know it was going down fast, cause – speed kills!

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Arizona is #1 in meth use by high school students

The Arizona Meth Project is trying hard, and succeeding at, reducing first-time meth usage by young people “through public service messaging, public policy, and community outreach.”  It does so primarily by using modern advertising techniques to create extremely hard-hitting 30 second TV ads with a core message of “Not Even Once.”

In an ad titled Just Once, three teenage girls are giggling, snorting meth for the first time in a bedroom. The voiceover from one girl says “I’ll going to try meth just once.” Soon, she’s stealing money from her mother’s purse. “I’ll going to steal just once.” Then, as she’s walking off with a sleazy guy, “I’ll going to sleep with him for meth just once.” Finally, she’s crashed out on a bed and her baby sister is stealing money from her purse, “I’ll going to try meth just once.”

The Arizona Meth Project has many ads like this which you can view on its website or on YouTube. It is part of the national group, The Meth Project, which is active in Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Montana, and Wyoming, as well as Arizona. Its Arizona site says on the home page that Arizona is #1 one for meth usage by high school students, and given the reliability of the Meth Project and its tireless work, I’m sure that’s true.

The ads are effective and have shown that meth usage drops dramatically in areas where the ads run. Indeed, in Dec. 2010 Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard said (PDF) meth usage in Arizona had dropped 65% between 2006 and 2010 and cited the Arizona Meth Project as one reason why, saying:

“The new data show that Arizona’s commitment to educating teens about the risks of using meth is paying off. Thanks to the Arizona Meth Project and community programs around the state, we are seeing dramatic decreases in teen methamphetamine use. With the supply of meth increasing as a result of trafficking by the Mexican drug cartels, prevention efforts are even more critical to our success in overcoming Arizona’s methamphetamine problem.”

Meth usage is more prevalent in rural areas than cities. Abandoned buildings in remote areas can be used for meth labs, plus one of the main precursors to cook meth is anhydrous ammonia, a common fertilizer often stored in large quantities in tanks. But of course, meth made in the country certainly finds its way to cities too.

Meth makes you extremely paranoid and can result in hyper-aggression as well as psychosis. It rots your teeth, leaving many meth users with blackened or crumbling teeth which will require major dental surgery.  It is highly addictive and will take you down faster than heroin or cocaine, as the Faces of Meth shows with their before and after mug shots of arrestees as they spiraled into addiction. Sometimes the after photo is just a few months later too, and shows a formerly healthy person now gaunt, with lesions on their face, looking years older.

This is not an abstract issue for me. I was addicted to meth for a couple of years in the late 1960’s and managed to escape with my teeth and brain intact. Too many don’t. The Meth Project is saving lives. And if you or someone you know is addicted, the best thing you can do is get them to Narcotics Anonymous or (since most addicts are also alcoholic) Alcoholics Anonymous.

(crossposted from AZIVN)


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The Meth Project. Using advertising so kids never do meth

I went to a experimental college in the late 1960’s. There were some great times and it was also awash in drugs. I just got back in touch with a friend from then.

He said, I remember you, you were the one everyone said did way too much meth. I said, But I never shot meth, I was afraid of needles. He replied, Yeah, all our friends who used needles then are dead.

Most of us from that college who survived have been in recovery programs for years. I’m fine now – and am impressed with what The Meth Project does. They use modern advertising techniques to create hard-hitting, effective ads aimed at getting kids to never take that first hit of meth. They’re doing great work, and have demonstrable results. Check them out.

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Transnational Criminal Organizations

54 tons of meth precursor chemicals seized in Mexico on ship from China. The port’s harbormaster was arrested for complicity with TCOs.

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Mexican cartels now primary source for U.S meth

Thank you, Mexico. Thank you, China. Thank you, corrupt money laundering US banks and hedge funds. The youth of America salutes you.

A legitimate pharmaceutical company in India exports cold pills to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, where they are falsely labeled as herbal supplements and shipped to Belize, and then to Veracruz by cargo container.

Dubai has long been known as nexus of smuggling and money-laundering.

The Chinese government concedes that it has no idea how many cold tablets its state-run companies sell each year. The Mexican government is unsure how much phenylacetic acid is used by legitimate manufacturers, such as Proctor & Gamble, and how much is diverted to the meth labs.

Golly, how could it be that the rigidly centralized Chinese economy, where the government often has controlling interest in private companies, just has no freaking clue whatsoever how much meth precursor its factories are cranking out or where it is going? The same logic applies to the apparently gobsmacked government of Mexico too, who appear suspiciously dazed and confused by the whole thing.

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CVS admits selling meth ingredient, to pay $75 million fine

On Thursday, the nation’s largest operator of retail pharmacies announced it had agreed to pay $75 million in fines for allowing repeated purchases of pseudoephedrine that led to a spike in Southern California drug trafficking.

But of course there are no criminal penalties, just the usual charade of a company promising to sin more more and then getting a slap on the wrist fine as a cost of doing business.

Those who bought the pseudoephedrine from CVS face criminal charges if caught. Yet no one in CVS faces the same for selling it in bulk to them.

This is just another sad sign of the corruption of political and judicial system. Rule of law apparently only applies to the little guy now, and not to large corporations.

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Metal Band BORG fights Arizona meth usage

Joe Terborg did 12 years in prison on meth related charges and is now in BORG (Beyond Our Recognitions of God), a heavy metal band that crusades against meth use.

Drummer Matt James: “It’s metal with a message. That’s pretty much what we try to go by. It’s not so much Christian. It’s not so much anything. It’s just positive . . . The main importance, the main goal of why we play music is so that your fans relate, that everybody can relate to what you’re talking about, whether it be drug addiction or prison or loneliness or depression or whatever it is, it’s being able to relate. That’s what metal with a message is — being able to relate to the music and have some kind of understanding and connection with the band that’s playing the music.”

Terborg: “I’ve had parole officers tell me ‘You know, it’s just odd that you would do 12 years in prison, and get out and get a $100,000 a year job. How in the heck did you do that?’ I say to them: In 12 years, I got nine college degrees, and they were all free, so I took full advantage of it. But the bottom line is, when I go back to the parole office next week, I’m gonna tell them ‘Hey, what’s going on, guys? I’ve got my own air-conditioning business. I came out and got into an air-conditioning business. Now I own my own. Now we have this nonprofit foundation [Dads Against Meth Use] and this hellacious metal band that’s out there layin’ it down and preachin’.’ It’s awesome. These are my dreams come true.”

Aerosmith was one of the first bands to make it cool to be clean and sober. They helped pave the way for others. At their worst, Steve Tyler said he was living on sofas in Times Square hoping the dealers would give him a discount because he used to be famous. The Chili Peppers got clean after a band member overdosed and then rocketed to stardom. It’s good to see a heavy metal band railing against meth. More, please. (Yes, this is personal with me, I was a tweaker back when they were called speed freaks and managed to escape. Too many others haven’t.)

BORG MySpace page

Dads Against Meth Use Facebook page

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American Meth

American Meth is a cross-country journey that focuses on several facets of the methamphetamine epidemic. From the oil fields of Wyoming and New Mexico to the homeless in Portland and the teens of Montana, filmmaker Justin Hunt spins a blue-collar tale of tragedy and triumph.

Actor Val Kilmer lends his voicing talents as your narrator while exploring both the damage being done and community efforts to take back America.

Firedoglake has more, including a chat with Hunt.

Watch the movie on Hulu

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