Meth flourishes in Appalachia

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The methamphetamine trade is booming in Appalachian areas formerly known for their whisky stills, reports the Christian Science Monitor. Meth is “the moonshine of the 21st century, but 50 times worse,” says U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp (R), who represents eastern Tennessee. The story says that meth has “spread steadily east” from California in the past three decades: “There’s more of it in Oklahoma City than New York. In Fort Payne, Ala., where the jail population has tripled in the past two years and 60 percent of children in custody come from homes that made meth, the drug’s grip has only tightened. A North Carolina law enforcer notes a correlationst o moonshining: “It’s primarily being manufactured by folks from lower income brackets, who are using it as a means to make some money and provide for their habit.”


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