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Anti-Meth Movement Hits Convenience Stores

Meth abuse and addiction continues to be a growing problem in the U.S., but as it turns out, local convenience stores might be facilitating the crisis.

Banning the Sale of Meth Pipes

Convenience stores across the country have reportedly been selling glass pipes used to smoke meth. The only difference is that they’re being marketed as an “I Love You” rose, which contains a rose inside a clear glass pipe with a hole in the ball. The size and shape is identical to that of a meth pipe.

“I cannot think of a logical reason why a flower would grow out of this,” said Traci Darnell, a recovering meth addict who has been clean for over eight years. They’re enabling children of any age to go in and buy these things. They’re just making it much easier to do it.”

Community Impact

Using a hidden camera, a local Fox 5 I-Team reporter filmed a 15-year-old girl easily purchasing the bogus rose products. Although convenience stores often keep these products behind glass or underneath the counter, most sold them without any questions asked.

In 2004, agents busted a paraphernalia ring in Detroit and confiscated 334,000 of the rose pipes, which had a street value of over $1 million.

Some counties have started to take action by banning the sale of “I Love You” roses. If these items become a black market commodity, however, it could spark an increase in gang violence. In 2004, agents busted a paraphernalia ring in Detroit and confiscated 334,000 of the rose pipes, which had a street value of over $1 million.

The Explosion of Mexican Meth

Mexican cartels are now pushing more meth than ever across the border.

Approximately 15,803 kilograms of meth were seized last year by border control officials, a five-fold increase
from the 3,076 kilograms seized in 2009.

Separate statistics from the Drug Enforcement Administration also show that 90 percent of the meth found on U.S. streets is cooked in Mexico.

Ironically, the surge in meth coming across the border is partially due to the legalization of marijuana. Cartels are able to get more money by smuggling harder drugs into the U.S. and, on top of a higher payday, meth is easier to conceal and transport than marijuana. Add to that the fact that the U.S. government is cracking down on prescription opiates like Oxycontin and we see more addicts switching to meth for the cheaper high.

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Additional Reading: Mexico Steps Up to Corner the U.S. Meth Market

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