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

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 »

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.

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 »

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 »

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.

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.