Missouri Meth Lab Busts Drop Drastically, But There’s A Dark Side
After spending years atop the national methamphetamine lab rankings, Missouri is about to fall out of the top ten. But, according to the President of the Missouri Narcotics Officers’ Association, it’s not all good news.
Jason Grellner says one big reason for the decline, is the growing number of communities that are making it more difficult to get the drug’s main ingredient. “Nearly 80 cities and counties around the state of Missouri now require a prescription for pseudoephedrine. That caused a major drop in labs and you continue to see those drops.”
However, another reason fewer people are making meth, is because they’re buying it on the streets. “There’s an influx in Mexican-made methamphetamine coming into the Kansas City, Kansas/Kansas City, Missouri area that then is flooding across the state,” he says. “It is an extremely pure form of methamphetamine, like we used to make. It’s extremely cheap at the current time, I’m afraid.”
I wonder if a certain snarky blogmeister was making that case all along, that shutting down trailer park cold pill breweries, while necessary and desirable, had a potential unintended consequence that nobody of official public or NGO-type power was gaming. As a matter of fact, the shit that Mexican gangs make, traffic and deal is way worse than trailer park brew.
Likewise, everyone is pounding the table for script monitoring, esp. for opioid scripts, thinking that it’s some sort of magic key. I bet that if and when that happens, it will make things worse. I know it won’t make things better, because the 49 other states have script monitoring, and the unintended consequence has been that it pushes people that were addicted to pills to heroin. And, as you can read if you actually read the rest of this article, heroin is itself a fallout from shutting down trailer park meth labs.
Also note that as far as major metropolitan areas go, Kansas City has had significantly more Hispanics and for a longer time than St. Louis has, owning up to Kansas City’s economy being more dependent on agricultural concerns (“cow town”) than St. Louis, a traditional (but not any more) industrial town, and for the fact that Kansas City is along an interstate highway route (I-35) that both ends at the Mexican border and is known for trade and commerce between the United States and Mexico.