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Home is Where the Meth is Raymond Mallett Com-172 May 1, 2012 Judy Morency Home is Where the Meth is The main culprit for a speedy high during the 1980s and 1990s, crack cocaine has taken a back seat to the latest growing drug epidemic, Methamphetamine (meth), known for its ability to overcome users and turn them into addicts after one use. This highly addictive stimulant increases dopamine into the brain of the addict, giving him or her a rush, and feeling more sure of themselves than before use. Not only is meth highly addictive, the method of manufacturing this substance is fairly easy resulting in more addicts becoming meth cooks (Taylor, 2005, p. 1). Supplies and chemicals needed for manufacturing meth are common and accessible causing in home meth labs to gain popularity among meth cooks. Consequently, the negative impacts of in home meth labs are affecting people’s health and finances societally and personally as well as risking the emanate safety of children. Like with any meth lab there are many supplies and chemicals needed for meth production and these items are obtained easily and are recognizable signs of a home meth lab when found discarded after use. Meth is manufactured within one to four hours with some of the most common ingredients, such as muriatic acid, sulfuric acid, lithium, anhydrous ammonia, red phosphorus, iodine, sodium hydroxide, organic solvents, and the main ingredient pseudoephedrine (McCampbell, 2006, p. 16). The meth cooking process starts with pseudoephedrine, which is obtainable over-the-counter at drug stores in the form of sinus or cold medicine. Once the cook extracts the ephedrine, he or she will combine it together with products, such as lithium removed from batteries, drain opener, and camp fuel. There are

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