And my interest in methamphetamine grew out of the serious harm that often befalls the innocent victims of meth manufacture and use -- the children who live where meth is being manufactured and/or used. I am going to review these dangers once again in this week’s column.
Since the number of meth labs seized may be a rough indicator of the number of meth users, this indicates that meth use is also on the rise. When one factors in the huge seizures of meth along the southern border with Mexico, the premise that meth use is on the rise is no stretch of the imagination.
Another concern is that sex workers comprise a very high percentage of crystal meth users, and this increases the risk of HIV sexual transmission. In addition, China is concerned that young people under age 35 are most likely to use new synthetic drugs such as “new ice.
First of all, one can take a look at the number of people who enter a licensed and certified treatment program. Of the 2,034 people who entered treatment in Stanislaus County in the year ending in June 2013, 35 percent said that meth was their primary drug of choice.
When 26-year-old Drusilla Holmgren was found by San Francisco Police Department officers in the alley near Stanford and Townsend Streets around 7 a.m., she was said to be “struggling” to put on a nightgown, but was otherwise completely naked. She told the officers that she had been up all night smoking meth.
In the first news item, cleveland.com reports that a 27-yearold man was seen by Portage County Sheriff’s deputies walking down Waterloo Road in Atwater, Ohio. What caught the deputy’s attention was that there was smoke emanating from a backpack that the man was carrying.
Ibarra was subsequently transferred to a secure area for further examination. CBP spokesperson Teresa Small told reporters, “When they were patting her down, they realized there was something down there.” Since the condom had already been noticed, officers asked Ibarra to remove her pants and panties.
As I have reported here several times, methamphetamineinduced explosions and fires are occurring with increasing frequency. The larger meth labs have been exploding and catching on fire for years and years. These labs were usually located in basements, backyard sheds or other private locations.
The smuggling of meth across border crossings has increased significantly in recent years. This has been especially evident at San Diego’s San Ysidro port of entry, which accounted for more than 40 percent of the methamphetamine seizures made in fiscal year 2012.