The situation: Law enforcement officials have identified
meth as Alabama's top drug threat. On March 30, 2010, Gov.
Bob Riley signed into law a bill that will create an electronic
database so law enforcement can track excessive purchases
of pseudoephedrine. Merchants will be notified if a customer
has exceeded his or her daily or monthly limit for such purchases.
The Birmingham News reports that more meth cooks in Alabama
have begun using a simpler, "one-pot" cooking method that takes
fewer ingredients and can be mostly completed in a two-liter
plastic soft drink bottle, authorities say. Crystal meth usage in
Albertville and the entire Sand Mountain area has garnered
national attention. It was mentioned in the A&E documentary
"Meth Mountain" as part of the A&E Intervention In-Depth series.
Meth in Alabama
-- Drug Enforcement Administration methamphetamine seizures in Alabama have
bounced up and down for the past six years. Seizures in kilograms (1 Kg. = 2.2 pounds)
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
56.7 11.7 3.8 3.2 49.0 3.8
-- Nationally, 6.1% of drug treatment admissions are for methamphetamine as the primary
drug. In Alabama the past two years (2009-10) the meth rates have been 7.7% and 8.9%
-- As in many states, law enforcement in Alabama is working to stem a rising tide of meth
labs. Number of busted meth labs in Alabama:
2006 2007 2008 2009
209 218 612 614
Speaking of meth in Alabama:
"It was kind of a surprise to find something new right in the middle of I guess the meth epidemic that we've had for so long."
-- Ricky Phillips, commander of the Marshall County Drug Enforcement Unit, talking about the discovery of liquid meth being used in Alabama.