Meth’s March East Reaches Rural Virginia


In a strategy similar to conventional warfare, police, businesses, and lawmakers from Oregon to Maryland are looking for ways to cut off the supply line to an illicit drug made from products bought legally off store shelves, the Baltimore Sun reports. Like the world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart, CVS is voluntarily limiting the sale of medicines that contain the nasal decongestant pseudoephedrine – a key ingredient methamphetamine.

Methamphetamine’s eastward creep from Oregon and California has been tracked like a weather pattern by federal agencies since 1992. Today, its front can be seen along Interstate 81 in rural Virginia, says the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. “With meth, you can run down to your local [general] store and farm supply store and then go home and do a Google,” said Sgt. T.E. Frazier of Virginia’s Northwest Regional Drug Task Force. “There are recipes on the Internet.”


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