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Drug control efforts in Mexico reduce meth admissions in Mexico, US

A study published in the scientific journal Addiction shows that the Mexican government's recent efforts to control the manufacture of methamphetamine have caused a drop in methamphetamine treatment admissions in Mexico and in neighboring Texas. In 2005 Mexico began controlling its imports of pseudoephedrine (a precursor chemical used in the manufacture of methamphetamine), and in 2008 it became the first country in North America to ban all imports of pseudoephedrine as well as ephedrine, another important precursor chemical. Researchers estimate that the 2005 import controls caused a 12% drop in voluntary methamphetamine treatment admissions in Mexico, with similar reductions in Texas.

Full story, from PhysOrg

Demand, cost of meth fuels drug trade of city’s gangs

TX - A motel. A storage unit. The beach. The middle of a field. All have been home this year to makeshift methamphetamine labs, which Corpus Christi police say they are seeing more now than ever. Just last week, authorities acting on a Crime Stoppers tip raided a hotel room and found lighter fluid, hydrogen peroxide, Drano and other components used to manufacture the drug, but no methamphetamine. Two people were questioned and the investigation is continuing. “Meth is getting to be one of the most popular drugs in Texas,” Capt. John Houston said. “We see it more, it’s more on the radar today than it’s been in the past.” And it’s not just small local labs, police also must contend with the constant influx of pure crystal methamphetamine coming in from huge labs in Mexico, where the individual components used to make the drug such as pseudoephedrine found in cold medications aren’t regulated as much as they are here, Cmdr. David Torres said.

Full story, Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Addiction program for offenders too valuable to lose

TX - A nationally acclaimed program that has helped even the hardest-core addicts to sober up and stop committing crimes is vulnerable to state budget cuts. A staggering 70 percent of the 72,000 offenders freed from Texas Department of Criminal Justice lockups last year were chemically dependent. And without treatment, they're potentially a menace – to property and, in some instances, lives. Many criminologists and others in the field say that groundbreaking work on drug and alcohol counseling and community supervision has proved so effective that it has prevented another Texas prison-building boom. But they fear that could change if lawmakers cut diversion programs as they tackle a projected $18 billion budget shortfall.

Full story, The Dallas Morning News

New radio system could help bust hard-to-reach drug labs

CA - Sheriff's deputies may soon have the equipment they need to make drug busts in the most remote hideaways of the Nevada County. Using funds won from the U.S. Department of Justice's 2008 Methamphetamine Initiative Grant, the office plans to buy a $200,000 radio system that will allow sheriff's personnel to communicate in areas too remote to transmit or receive radio signals. “These remote areas are often the locations where marijuana grows and clandestine drug labs are found,” said Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal.

Full story, The Union

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