The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) has shut down the area of 345 Bay Street near Liberty Street on discovering a meth lab, prescription medications, marijuana paraphernalia and a 5-gallon gas can containing about 2½ to 3 gallons of a liquid methamphetamine. The JSO was informed about the presence of these drugs by a man who was cleaning and renovating the recently purchased Hourglass Pub, which is currently shuttered but had been vacant for several months. The police also reported the presence of several other items inside the building, resembling the paraphernalia used in a meth lab.
In another incident, the DeFuniak Springs Police Department raided a residence in 882 West Orange Ave., where methamphetamine was actively cooked and sold. After receiving numerous tips from the residents regarding the ongoing illegal drug activity at the aforementioned residence, several detectives and officers conducted a probation search of the residence. This led to the discovery of numerous items of drug paraphernalia, controlled substances like meth, and listed chemicals used in the manufacture of meth.
Increase in illegal meth labs – a sign of danger
A large number of meth labs have been busted since 2000 across all states. With the increased trade of inexpensive methamphetamine from Mexico, there has been an incredible increase in methamphetamine abuse. Also known as meth, crystal meth, crystal, ice, etc., users are abusing methamphetamine more than any other addictive substance. Due to lower overdose potential, it is used in place of prescription opioids despite adverse consequences. However, one cannot deny the fact that overdose incidents due to methamphetamine has spiked like never before.
Last year, law enforcement agencies in Maine busted one of the largest meth labs being run at the Aroostook County home, leading to a haul of a massive amount of methamphetamine and over 80 containers used for making the drug. One of the disturbing facts to emerge in the U.S. is that most of the methamphetamine is manufactured illegally in secret labs run across the country. Referred as “Cooks,” these untrained people are involved in manufacturing methamphetamine using dangerous chemicals. Such an unsafe way of making meth increases the scope of toxic fumes, fires and explosion, thereby posing serious threat to residents and bystanders.
More people grappling with drug addiction
Addiction, a life-threatening condition, alters an individual’s brain functioning, as well as his or her ability to complete everyday tasks. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 28.6 million people aged 12 or older were abusing illicit drugs in 2016, with around 667,000 using methamphetamine and about 11.8 million misusing opioids, majorly prescription pain relievers.
Besides the need to experience psychoactive effects, a number of other factors lead to drug abuse, such as poor stress-coping skills, peer pressure, feeling of relaxation, inability to connect with others, gender, ethnicity, severe trauma or injury, etc. Some of the common reasons leading to this upsurge in drug abuse are chronic pain, misplaced perception about drugs, higher stress level, lack of education, lack of awareness about repercussions and poor mental health.
Spread awareness to spot illegal drug labs
While it is true that drugs provide a temporary relief from pain and sorrow, it is important to understand that their long-term use is dangerous and can take a severe toll on one’s life. Abusing any form of drugs may even call for a legal action, increasing the risk of completely damaging and ruining one’s life. Therefore, it is important to take preventive measures and avoid drug abuse to lead a healthy life.
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