When a Fresno, Ca., woman, 23, fatally shot her two toddlers and a cousin, critically wounded her husband then turned the gun on herself last week, the Associated Press reports, investigators immediately suspected methamphetamine abuse. It turned out the mother had videotaped herself smoking meth hours before the shooting.
“Once people who are on meth become psychotic, they are very dangerous,” said Dr. Alex Stalcup, who works with addicts in the San Francisco Bay Area suburbs. “They’re completely bonkers; they’re nuts.” The Central Valley of California is a hub of the nation’s meth distribution network, making extremely pure forms of the drug easily available locally. Law enforcement officials believe meth abuse is driving much of the crime in the vast farming region. “They have the potential to make 150 pounds per (each) cook,” said John Donnelly of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Fresno. “There are more super labs in California than anywhere else.”