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U.S. teens' meth use declines

Washington, D.C. - Methamphetamine use and smoking among U.S. teens has dropped significantly in recent years, but declines in marijuana use have stalled, according to an annual government survey released on Monday.

Only 1.2 percent of high school seniors say they used meth, as it is commonly called, in the past year, the survey found -- the lowest level since 1999 when use of the street drug was reported at 4.7 percent.

Full story, ABC News

Mo. mulls limiting medicine to curb meth

Jefferson City, MO - Amid a national push to make health care cheaper and simpler, Missouri is considering legislation that intentionally makes it more cumbersome.

State lawmakers have filed bills that would require a doctor's prescription to get certain cold and allergy medications that currently can be bought over the counter. The idea is to make it harder to produce methamphetamine by restricting the key ingredient pseudoephedrine.

Missouri's efforts to further limit access to the medicine come as officials are trying to expand access to health care across the country.

Bill supporters say any disruption for consumers would be minor because alternative medicines are available. They say the affect on meth would be significant. Critics contend that requiring prescriptions will make health care even more expensive.


Mexican cartels resort to making meth old-fashioned way

Mexico City - Mexican cartels are increasingly going "old school" to keep supplying America with methamphetamine despite an ingredient squeeze.

Some gangs have responded to a Mexican crackdown on their meth chemical of choice — pseudoephedrine — by reviving a production method so old, it was used by U.S. motorcycle gangs and bathtub chemists in the 1970s and '80s, recent seizures show.

Full story, Associated Press

Police make UK's biggest meth bust

London - The UK's largest ever haul of crystal meth was seized in the East End at the weekend.

Acting on intelligence, cops raided the flat of a suspected drug dealer in Limehouse on Saturday morning and seized a huge drugs stash with an estimated street value of more than £1.5 million.

Full story, East London Advertiser

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