We’ve all heard about methamphetamine. More casually known as meth, it first became widespread in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Its use became terrifyingly epidemic — but unlike crack and many other “street drugs,” meth...
Correction: In the original post on April 10, we misidentified the location of a meth-related arrest. The arrest was in Saranac Lake, not Gabriels. The error is corrected below.
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Canton, NY, Apr 27, 2011 — St. Lawrence County law enforcement found what they believe is a meth lab Monday night in Canton. It's the third such find this month. North Country Public Radio's Nora Flaherty has more. Go to full article
Apr 05, 2007 — This week, National Public Radio is reporting on the U.S. "war on drugs." And as we've heard, the people who make and sell illegal drugs are constantly changing their tactics, trying to stay ahead of police. Dangerous substances still get into American hands. Methamphetamine is one example. The houses where this synthetic drug are made, or "cooked," have been targeted by all levels of law enforcement. And it's worked. The meth houses that once dotted the North Country's rural landscape are now all but gone. But the drug itself remains. According to NPR, 80% of the meth in the U.S. now comes from Mexico. And this is causing new problems in the war on drugs. Jefferson County was hit hard by what some call the meth epidemic, but things are changing. Jonathan Brown talked with Sheriff John Burns about the North Country's own war on drugs. Go to full article
Dec 14, 2005 — Many of the safety risks from methamphetamine labs are borne by firemen, EMTs and police. The Center for Disease Control says that first responders suffer 51% of the injuries caused by meth lab accidents. Often it's because they don't know they're entering a meth lab. They respond to an emergency call without knowing that dangerous chemicals are involved. Marty Hasset directs SUNY Canton's Emergency Management Training Center. They're hosting workshops for first responders and members of the public to teach them how to recognize a meth lab. The first workshop is Wednesday, December 14th from 7-9 pm. Go to full article
Aug 04, 2004 — Senator Charles Schumer will be in Watertown this morning to unveil a plan to crack down on methamphetamines, or 'crystal meth'. As David Sommerstein reports, Watertown has become a hotspot of a problem that's growing across rural New York. Go to full article