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Mexican ‘ice’ brings Methamphetamine back to prominence on the streets in a more potent and more addictive form

February 17, 2017

JACKSON COUNTY – Methamphetamine has reared its ugly head, after being mostly replaced by heroin in local elicit drug trade.

Pressure from law enforcement backed by state and federal government legislation made access to cold medicines containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine difficult to acquire curtailing the prevalence of small labs and cooks.tyjw5ujw4yt4ry

However, the importation of “ice” from Mexico has brought methamphetamine back with a vengeance, and Jackson County lawmen are now seeing more and more of the more potent form of meth hitting the streets locally, according to Sheriff Tony Boggs.

A home meth lab could made a couple of ounces of meth, but a Mexican drug cartel super lab can churn out 10 pounds of ice every 24 hours, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office to Congress.

More quantity has driven the price down and bolstered the resurgence of the scourage.

Ice is said to be about twice as potent as homemade meth. It takes a smaller amount to of ice to get the “rush” the stimulant provides.

Users are also attracted by its appearance. The super labs make ice look crystal clear like the rock candy of our youth. Ice is clean-looking as opposed to the homemade variety which is dark ivory-beige in color.

Ice is typically smoked or injected but can also be swallowed or inhaled. Effects can last for six hours, followed by difficulty in sleeping for several days. Meth can cause bizarre, dangerous behavior and devastating physical and mental health issues. Teeth rot and addicts look years older than they are.