Letter to the editor
The recent article, "Source of Meth 'Crystal' Clear" hit the nail on the head when it comes to recognizing Mexico as the real source of Methamphetamine in Michigan. Mexican meth's increasing prevalence is a troubling trend, but it also provides an opportunity to reflect on the successful efforts that have been made by Michigan's lawmakers, law enforcement officials and pharmacists toward combating domestic meth production.
Michigan's laws make it difficult for criminals to produce meth by limiting their access to pseudoephedrine (PSE), an ingredient in cold and allergy medicines that some criminals try to use for making meth. The article says that local "one pot" meth labs are decreasing, and I believe that these legal PSE limits are the one reason.
It only makes sense then, that as local meth-making has declined, addicts have turned to the cheaper meth being imported from south of the U.S. border. In fact, I recently read that the DEA estimates that 90 percent of all meth seized in the U.S. comes from Mexico. As Michigan lawmakers seek to address the changing source of the meth issue, it remains important to also highlight the strides that have been made to successfully prevent domestic production.
Richard Runnels, Irons