States Attack Meth Via Higher Penalties, Treatment

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http://www.stateline.org/story.do?storyId=323046 With methamphetamine use rising nationwide, states are working in various ways to combat it, Stateline.org reports. Making meth is easy but dangerous. Its key ingredient is pseudoephedrine, a chemical found in over-the-counter cold medicines. "Cooking" meth leaves behind five to ten pounds of poisonous gases and fluids for every pound of the drug. Children exposed to the fumes can suffer chemical burns, respiratory damage, and suffocation, and mistakes can cause explosions and fires. Small-scale meth labs . . .

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