In the Shadow of Opioids, Meth Crisis Lives On

America is fixated on battling the opioid crisis—but in Oklahoma, an old fight is still on the front lines. Lethal meth overdoses have more than doubled there in recent years.

Mobile meth labs tapered out substantially after laws limited access to the allergy drug pseudoephedrine, used to make meth. But that didn’t spell the death of meth—opportunist cartels south of the border are filling the gap with “superlabs” churning out hundreds of pounds of meth a day, flooding states like Oklahoma—via California and Arizona—with “purer, cheaper and in greater quantities than ever before.”



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