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New method identifies meth hot spots
Date:9/15/2008

Public Health Division documented 43 meth labs in Umatilla County between 1998 and 2005, making it the county with the second-highest number of labs and giving it 15 percent of the statewide total. Multnomah ranked first with 88. The health division emphasized that the numbers are conservative given that they only include labs that had been operating within 72 hours leading up to their discovery.

Sudakin's study found that meth labs in Oregon have decreased since Oregon became the first state in the country in 2005 to pass a law to require a prescription to obtain cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, which is used to make meth. The law took effect in July 2006.

"There has been substantial progress in reducing the number of methamphetamine laboratories across the state, but there are still significant problems with the abuse of the drug in Oregon," said Sudakin, who teaches environmental and molecular toxicology.

Clandestine meth labs are typically found in motel rooms, apartments and rental properties. The drug is made from common household items that are available at supermarkets and hardware stores. When these ingredients are mixed, they generate a large amount of chemical waste. It's typically dumped down the drain but may be stored, buried or dumped elsewhere.


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Contact: Dr. Daniel Sudakin
sudakind@ace.orst.edu
541-737-2940
Oregon State University
Source:Eurekalert

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