Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Hyping meth

Two stories regarding methamphetamines have crossed my desk in the last 24 hours. This must mean I'm supposed to blog about them. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself.

Today's Statesman-Journal notes that the number of meth lab seizures has plummeted by a factor of 30 percent nationwide. The drop is credited to the changes involved in the selling of cold medicines. Oregon has seen a 60 percent drop.

The other story is a news piece in Slate Magazine sent from Bill Nothstine via email. The story claims that the meth problem in the US has been genuinely hyped and has never been the major epidemic that the media and government have claimed.

Both are interesting and worthy reads.