Specifically in Texas, this new methamphetamine epidemic appears intertwined with increases in yet another problem: sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. What has happened is that we have a new precursor, phenyl-2-propanone (P2P), which is used by Mexican drug cartels to make methamphetamine. When made with P2P, meth is much more potent and has more ability to produce greater intoxication and enhanced dependence.
Source: Maxwell, Jane. “Texas has a New Methamphetamine Problem.” UT News | The University of Texas at Austin. The University of Texas at Austin, 4 Aug. 2016. Web. 08 June 2017. <https://news.utexas.edu/2016/08/04/texas-has-a-new-methamphetamine-problem>. (photo added to the quote for emphasis)
Click here to “enjoy” even more evidence of the physical appearance destruction that is wrought by meth use. This “new meth” is a real problem and it’s right here in the Highland Lakes. Law enforcement was effective in eventually eliminating almost all, if not all, of the meth labs in our area. Only to have the Mexican supply increase and now with this new precursor — ingredient — we have not only a larger, more reliable supply, but a more potent and dangerous supply.
Don’t kid yourselves about whether we have a problem here, nor about whether this meth is available in our schools. I believe it is.
It is time for a community-wide wake-up and clean-up. I don’t know how that might come about nor how that goal could be accomplished, but it’s time to get with it.