Where have all the meth labs gone?

Evidently, they’re along Interstate 44:

Meth incidents in the US 2012

Oklahoma, ranked eighth highest in 2004, has now risen to sixth, despite a modest decline in the number of methamphetamine “incidents” recorded. The biggest drop seems to be along the Left Coast, for reasons I’m not entirely sure of. (Oregon, it appears, now requires prescriptions for all products containing pseudoephedrine, though the effect of this law is yet unclear.)

Still, Missouri remains your go-to state for illegally produced meth. I assume they’re not crazy about that distinction.


  1. Jeffro »

    13 March 2013 · 7:23 pm

    I haven’t been that way in quite a while, but every time I drove on I40 between Hinton and El Reno, there were always, and I mean always several OHP drug vehicles watching or in the process of arresting someone. I always figured they had some tips besides looking for certain attributes. Most of the time one or more had a customer on the side of the road with them out in the ditch away from their vehicle and their belongings stacked on the side of the road, often with bricks of marijuana stacked there as well. That I could ID, not sure what they had containing crank.

  2. Brian J. »

    13 March 2013 · 7:30 pm

    That’s impossible! Why, they have restricted the sale of Sudafed and Claritin here to stop this very problem.

    What you’re saying is that restricting the law-abiding restricts the law-abiding and does not affect those who break the law. Ludicrous!

  3. Jennifer »

    13 March 2013 · 8:10 pm

    They’ve put our cold meds behind the pharmacy counter, too, but we still have a meth house blow up once a week or so. It’s part of our charm.

  4. Lisa Paul »

    13 March 2013 · 9:07 pm

    Hmmm. Nevada’s numbers don’t reflect their standing in this contest. Last time I drove through the Carson City area, there were billboards every few miles urging us to report “odd smells” and hills above the highway were littered with burnt out trailers.

  5. Nicole »

    13 March 2013 · 9:09 pm

    Still winning.

    It’s about par for Missouri. Every time we make national news it’s for something stupid, disgraceful or disgracefully stupid.

  6. fillyjonk »

    14 March 2013 · 7:13 am

    Is this ACTUAL labs, or just the ones that got caught? I’m wondering how degree of enforcement varies between states, and if the ones listing high activity are putting more effort into finding the labs.

    I also thought that the pseuodephedrine restrictions were just going to move production south of the border. Apparently that has not happened.

  7. McGehee »

    14 March 2013 · 9:25 am

    Federal enforcement grants probably go more to states that have more reported “incidents,” which tends to encourage finding more labs, which gets more grant money, which incentivizes finding more labs…

  8. Joe »

    14 March 2013 · 3:30 pm

    I thought all meth production was illegal. Just curious :)

  9. CGHill »

    14 March 2013 · 4:06 pm

    In fact, methamphetamine hydrochloride is approved by FDA for the treatment of ADHD and obesity under the brand name Desoxyn. I’d bet, though, that it’s the reverse enantiomer. (The molecule shows up in two versions, one the mirror image of the other, but only one actually rots the brain.)

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