FRONTLINE: The Meth Epidemic on WXXI-TV

FRONTLINE: The Meth Epidemic on WXXI-TV

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 10:00pm

Pictured: Teenage girl uses crystal meth.

Credit: Courtesy of ©Scott Houston/CORBIS SYGMA

What started as a fad among West Coast motorcycle gangs in the 1970s — methamphetamine — quickly spread across the United States over the last decade.

FRONTLINE: The Meth Epidemic, airing Tuesday, January 24 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011), investigates the ongoing meth problem in America; its devastating impact on individuals, families and communities; and the state-by-state battles to make pseudoephedrine a prescription drug.

Despite calls to regulate its key ingredient, pseudoephedrine, which is found in over-the-counter cold remedies, “super smurfs” still manage to stockpile enough of the drug to fuel thousands of small meth labs nationwide. FRONTLINE, in association with The Oregonian, investigates the ongoing meth problem in America, and the state-by-state battles to make pseudoephedrine a prescription drug, a strategy that’s led to significant improvement in Oregon.



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Why not regulate the purchase of baking soda used for Crack prod

I was very intrigued that the DEA would go as far as regulating the sell of pseudoephedrine all over the world so it could stop the destruction of mostly white addicts by crystal meth. I thought this to be extremely radical, and confirmed my suspicions that this government is only concerned about saving white addicts from meth while black folks who suffer much greater destruction and face much greater perils during their addiction to crack are left exposed to one of the worse scourges since the black plague. My question is why isn't this government regulating the supply, distribution, and sell of baking soda which is the primary ingredient for producing crack. Who much needs baking soda anyway, other than to make cakes and cookies. I refuse to believe that baking soda has a much greater importance than pseudoephedrine. What is wrong with this picture? This frontline episode only provided more proof that crack is intentionally targeted to blacks, and that there is no concern or strategy by this government to ever change that. Thank you Frontline for your unbiased and objective report on a subject that we blacks already knew so painfully well: That this government will do whatever it can to save the lives of whites, while turning a blind eye to the systematic destruction of blacks who are unfortunately caught in the grips of crack addiction. Taking all the baking soda off the shelves and placing it behind the counter, and having folks register for it, could very well be a step in the right direction. Why not give it a try. It couldn't be any worse than it is now.