Find out if you live near a meth lab

Methamphetamine is a potent and addictive central nervous system stimulant, chemically related to amphetamine, but with greater central nervous system side effects. It is a white, odorless, bitter-tasting powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol. It is classified as a Schedule II stimulant by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), which means it has a high potential for abuse and is available legally only by prescription. Methamphetamine, when abused, is commonly referred to as “speed”, “meth”, or “chalk” and has been in use since the early 1960s. When abused, methamphetamine is usually smoked, snorted, injected, or taken orally.

Meth prompted massive national concern in the early 2000s. In 2006 in an attempt to stem the tide of meth, Congress regulated the sale of meth’s precursor ingredients. But meth has made a resurgence nationwide, being more potent and far more affordable — a shift DEA officials attribute to Mexican cartel production on an unprecedented scale.

Unlike other drugs, the production of which entails some agricultural element (e.g., poppy, cocoa) or utilizes vast tracts of land (e.g., marijuana), meth can be made using inexpensive chemicals found in over-the-counter medications. Meth, therefore, lends itself to clandestine manufacture inside inconspicuous buildings. Meth labs have been discovered in every state, sometimes because an error in the “cooking” process produces a deadly explosion. But in many cases, neighbors are completely unaware that they live near a current or former meth lab.

To track the geographical and chronological trends of meth’s resurgence, Rehabs.com — a subsidiary of American Addiction Centers, a leading provider of residential and outpatient addiction treatment services — undertook a study of DEA (National Clandestine Laboratory Register and Drug Seizure Database) data on the production and distribution of meth. Combing through 29,746 records of clandestine meth labs the DEA found from 2007 through 2016, Rehabs.com has produced a national map of meth labs to enable you to learn whether a meth lab is/was located close to your own home.

Although no state is entirely unaffected by meth’s presence, certain states are manufacturing hubs. The top 5 states in the number of meth labs are:

  1. Missouri is the meth capital of America, with 27.6 meth labs per 100,000 residents.
  2. Arkansas, with 24.7 meth labs per 100,000 residents.
  3. Oklahoma: 23.7 meth labs per 100,000 residents.
  4. Mississippi: 21.2 meth labs per 100,000 residents.
  5. Indiana: 20.1 meth labs per 100,000 residents.

States also differ in the potency of the meth seized:

  • Nevada had the highest degree of purity or potency of meth, which could explain why Nevada leads the nation in deaths resulting from the use of stimulants.
  • Maine had the next most potent meth, which has led lawmakers to consider requiring a prescription to purchase cold medicine containing precursor meth ingredients.
  • Arizona possesses a deadly mix of meth quantity and potency, ranking first for average seizure size and fourth for potency.

Rehabs.com has an interactive map for you to find out if you live near a meth lab:

  • Click here or go to: https://www.rehabs.com/explore/neighborhood-drug-dens/
  • Type your address in the “search box” of the map, “Do You Live Near A Meth Lab?”.
  • Hit “enter”.

I got this when I entered my address, which I had thought to be a safe neighborhood:

The address you entered is 2.49 miles from a location that has been used as a clandestine laboratory.

Yikes!!!

~Eowyn

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MyBrainHurts
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MyBrainHurts

Good Lord. It said there was a lab only .52 miles from my house. I live in an upscale neighborhood!

William
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William

Now that you know it would seem to beg the question of why “the authorities” don’t know. And if they do know (hard to believe they wouldn’t) why is it still there?

Lophatt
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Lophatt

They usually know all the usual suspects and where they go to cook it. Courts are like that. You see the same characters day after day after day.

Public defenders get on a first name basis with them. They plead them out weekly. Sometimes they dry them out and they take a break before going right back to cooking it again.

I’m not sure what the answer is for this. It is highly addictive and hard to stop. It is murderous on the body and mind.

William
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William

Despite the strict gun laws here all the drug dealers carry 9’s. So the cops are reluctant to go after them; they shoot back. I did outreach so I worked in heavily drug-infested areas. Many encounters with dealers, some very dicey. One African-American entrepreneur, Stuttering Mel, trashed the apartment of one of my clients, she owed him money. I told her to report it and the cops said they knew him but didn’t know where he lived (!). I said she does and now I do, do you want me to tell you? You being a smartass? Nevermind. Every time… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Yeah, right! If it doesn’t bring fame (i.e. quotas), fines or help get the DA reelected they aren’t interested. Good donut.

Chemtrailssuck
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Chemtrailssuck

As I’m sure you know, the cops do nothing because they’re skimming off the top. Happens all the time. And if they get caught, oh worst thing they have to do is move out of state and get another job as chief of police….in Florida. Closer to the action down there I’m told.

Chemtrailssuck
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Chemtrailssuck

About a hundred years ago, drugs were not regulated at all. People would take what they wanted, no court involvement. Sure people died, but they also die today. The government didn’t get involved with regulating drugs until they realized they could make a massive profit by making them illegal. When something is “illegal” people are more likely to want to try it, especially younger people. Sad to say, but legalizing it would destroy the profits of the government (especially their ‘black’ projects funded by their own sales of drugs), the ‘street dealers’ and the big drug kingpins, who are usually… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Great points and true. I suppose it goes back to “is this what you want the Government to do?”. They could still enforce the other laws that addicts break. Personally, I think people need to be educated about drugs but not “babysat” by the Government. This little long-running foray in Afghanistan has made them billions. That’s a money-maker they don’t want to give up. Making things illegal doesn’t necessarily make the problem go away. There are many, many things we’ve made “illegal” that are no better off for it and should never have been approached that way to begin with.… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt
William
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William

The nearest one to me is 34 miles. I have a pretty good idea where it is actually. Not many labs in Mass apparently but we don’t need them. There’s plenty of amphetamines on the street, all prescription. It’s a fairly common practice for people to have their kids diagnosed with the dreaded ADHD and then get scripts for Adderal, etc. which they take themselves or sell. A fairly high street value, 20-40 dollars a pill. Meth is, with the possible exception of alcohol, the most destructive drug. It just destroys people in a hurry. Insomnia, weight loss and malnutrition… Read more »

Chemtrailssuck
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Chemtrailssuck

Isn’t that funny, the school system and doctors force kids onto these drugs using their old ADHD “diagnosis”, and then these kids get hooked and they all wonder gee willikers, why are all these kids on drugs?

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Yeah, “funny”. Why are the schools involved with this in the first place, not to mention the Government? When I was a kid they still were nervous about sticking their noses where they didn’t belong.

William
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William

You wouldn’t believe how many people have told me that they got started abusing drugs when they were involuntarily put on stimulants in school. Now, because the stimulants wear off and the kids “crash”, they say they are having “mood swings” and they diagnose them with “pediatric bipolar disorder” and put them on highly toxic “mood stabilizers”. There is no such thing as pediatric BP D/O and no such thing as “mood stabilizers”. I call them “affect flatteners”. Zombification is now called “mood stability”. It’s sick. Medically sanctioned child abuse. A crime and an abomination

Lophatt
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Lophatt

That’s somewhat reassuring. For once we’re not in the middle of the hot seat. Meth is an absolute menace. I’m trying to imagine someone from Oklahoma on meth. They are usually in slow motion to the point of being mistaken for reverse.

Watertender
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Watertender

the closeset one to me is 6 miles away. I see meth heads though and they are wrecks.

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

What surprises me most is the cluster map. I’d have thought that concentrations would be more on the west coast, New York to Fla., upper Midwest, the areas that are safe because of draconian gun laws (sarc), etc.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Yeah, I’ve read about this but it really stands out on the chart. There are a lot of “tweakers” where I live but they don’t even show up. That tells me they must occupy quite a swath in the Midwest.

It must sound like an auctioneer’s convention at a truck stop. Things must have really changed. When I was in Oklahoma I always thought my clothes were gonna go out of style waiting for a response to a simple question.

I guess some things do change after all.

Border Patrol
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Border Patrol

Most of the “cocaine” being sold on the streets these days is heavily cut with cheap Mexican meth. “Buyer Beware!”

CalGirl
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CalGirl

This is crazy. We’ve had 3 meth labs catch fire and burn within a mile or two of our semi-rural home…..one of them across the street from our kid’s elementary school!!! Another one in the garage of a woman who ran a child day-care in her home!!!! She ran the daycare, her grown sons lived in the garage and ran the meth manufacturing business. This particular lab blew up at about 8 AM while toddlers were being dropped off at the house for their day care. There was a “telltale” sign that we didn’t recognize at the time, but we… Read more »

Recynd77
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Recynd77

Yikes! I’m .85 miles, and I’m in as middle-working class area as can be for Orange County, CA: I’d expect someplace like Stanton, Santa Ana, or parts of Buena Park or Anaheim, but I live amongst the retired, cops, teachers, small business owners, and even a few Boeing engineers. But then I think again: in our neighborhood FB group, there are often complaints about “that house”: you know, the one that is populated solely by post-adolescent males, the kind with tattoos, year-round hoodies, skateboards, and foul mouths. The kind of kids that, if you call the cops, they’ll retaliate by… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

If it helps they tend not to stay too long before they either get busted or burn up the house. I read the other day where they have a new process that allows them to cook it up in on container about the size of a thermos. I guess they can do it in a car. I haven’t looked to see how this works, exactly. It isn’t hard to do, it’s just dangerous. This stuff has been around, destroying lives, for a very long time. Being a musician for my entire life I’ve known a lot of people who went… Read more »

Steven Broiles
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1.33 miles and 322 known “clandestine labs” in and around NYC. I am a libertarian—up to a certain point. Well, if people don’t have God in their lives, drugs of various sorts pretend to fill up the void.

Very few addicts find their way out of the maze, the prison, of drugs. But I believe that the “War” on drugs has destroyed more people that the drugs themselves. Make no mistake: Government is in on this—even by allowing Big Pharma to vaccinate and poison us all!

TrailDust
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Just checked and found that in my part of Taxachusetts, the nearest known meth lab is just under 20 miles away.

DCG
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I live in OK so got a few around me…just this past January there was a big bust around the corner at some apartments from my house. Bomb unit and Nat’l Guard even called in to investigate. Had the street blocked off for a while during a 3-day investigation. The only reason he got caught is because girlfriend called 911 as perp was pointing gun at her. Cops/fed founds meth, “explosives,” and firearms which the convicted felon was not to have. Local news has not been able to report full details because court filing docs are not releasing all the… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

It isn’t unusual to have the feds involved. Usually ATF or FBI. They either treat the material as “hazardous” or “explosive”. Depending on who’s in charge the actual charges can vary. It is also not uncommon to have them involved in other crimes. Just like “mania” drives people to extremes, meth drives addicts to obsess on things. If they do criminal things they are very likely to really get into it. The stuff literally rots your brain. Long-term users usually have mental problems and trouble controlling their impulses. That’s really why they use the stuff. It makes them feel like… Read more »

DCG
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Yeah, figured feds would be involved.

We live close to an arterially post so that makes you wonder if he got ahold of something big from there.

We were just curious as to what explosives (if it was more than meth components) and “why” this might have made national news if exposed. Interesting that the local news can’t determine specifics from the court filings…just makes you go, hmmmmm…

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Well, there was a time when news was news. Now it has to be cleared by the Central Committee. Artillery huh? Must be Fort Sill (Silly). I was there once. Ah, lovely Lawton.

DCG
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There’s never a dull moment in this “lovely” town…LOL.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

All I remember about it was topless bars and Three-Two beer. Yeeee-hah!

DCG
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Well, the local topless bars are long gone…(‘ya just gotta go a little bit outside of town to find that prize).

Due to legislative law changes in beer production last October (which resulted in – OH NO – a beer shortage at Wally World for a couple weeks) we now have Three-Nine in this state. Yeeeeee-haw!

http://www.ocolly.com/news/new-oklahoma-beer-laws-the-first-days/article_a2e0323e-c683-11e8-8a41-073950eaf764.html

Chemtrailssuck
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We already live next to a “Megan’s Law” convict, as well as several families of convicted murders and arsonists. There are also drug dens a few miles away, at least there were. Green Acres we are not.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Well, with the rate of incarceration and the obsession with making EVERYTHING illegal it isn’t too surprising to find “offenders”. Even the sex registry has to be looked at somewhat askance. Is that a real pervert or just some eighteen-year-old boy who “got lucky” with a seventeen-year-old girl? I don’t trust Government lists or labels. I know there are bad actors out there, but I also know how easy it is to fall afoul of the law. It is a whole subculture of predation. This country needs a huge revamp of how we deal with life’s problems in the official… Read more »

Chemtrailssuck
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Chemtrailssuck

Our location said there was one 9 miles away. Must have been another one, the drug den apparently does “take out only” no dine in.