Sunday, July 13, 2008

Texas Meth Law Benefits Mexican Drug Cartels

Grits for Breakfast recently posted on the effect of the Texas anti-meth law on the production of methamphetamine in Texas. Texas Department of Safety officials testified yesterday at a Senate Criminal Justice Committee that restrictions on pseudoephedrine purchases have resulted in a dramatic decline in the production of methamphetamine in Texas. The officials were referring to the state legislature's 2005 bill that implemented a requirement that stores keep pseudophedrine products behind the counter. Meth is a powerful synthetic stimulant that is derived from decongestants such as Sudafed® .


Methamphetamine is traditionally a drug that is manufactured in clandestine laboratories in trailers and secluded homes in rural areas. During the peak of meth's popoularity in the 1990s, Austin was a haven for the drug's manufactuers and the department sometimes raided as many as three laboratories a week.

Given the high psychological addiction of meth to binge and high-intensity users, the demand for the drug in the State remained and it appears the supply of the drug has just moved south - to Mexico. The Brownsville Herald recently reported a massive seizure of 211 pounds of methamphetamine at the US-Mexico border.

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As Grits has previously discused, the true solution to our nation's meth problem remains drug treatment. Drugs courts have worked wonders in South Florida and would probably enjoy similar results if program's like Travis County's S.H.O.R.T. Program were more widespread in Texas.

2 comments:

althea said...

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Texas Drug Treatment

john said...

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