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DEA warns of highly potent drug dubbed 'Super Meth'
By Natasha Robin
Updated: Dec. 24, 2019 at 1:18 PM PST

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - Meth, an extremely dangerous and addictive drug, is something the Drug Enforcement Agency has dealt with for years.

"The meth was being manufactured primarily throughout the United States over 20 years domestically, and you'd have what we'd call mom and pop type operations," says DEA Special Agent In-Charge Brad Byerley.

Agents would often find domestic labs where users would cook meth to get high. Things, though, are changing and meth is more potent.

"What we're seeing now, though, is the Mexican Cartel have now learned how to make this meth. It's stronger. It's cheaper, and it's a lot more pure," says Byerley.

DEA Special Agent In-Charge, Brad Byerley says meth on the street today is much more dangerous and agents are finding it mixed with fentanyl, a highly addictive drug that he says gets users easily hooked.

"We're seeing it in what they're called 'Super Meth' on the Upper East Coast where there's been several seizures earlier this year," says Byerley. Byerley says meth or super meth is predominantly coming into the United States across the southwest border.

"of course, with our Interstate 10 and Interstate 12 running through the state of Louisiana, a lot of our large seizures are coming off the interstate," says Byerley.

He says the DEA recently seized over a hundred pounds of meth in the New Orleans region. Because meth is being cut with fentanyl, an extremely potent substance that seeps through the skin, the DEA is forced to take special precautions during busts.

"It's changed how we do business," says Byerley.

They're forced to wear special suits and equipment.

"This is what's called a self-contained breathing apparatus. We have it broken down right here. It's similar to what a fire fighters uses to go into a house fire where there's not a lot of oxygen," says Byerley.

Once the agent obtains the substance, they bring it back to the DEA's lab to test it in house.

"The testing takes place underneath a fuel hood, so when this is turned on, it's actually pulling the bad air into a filter system that would then protect anybody if that were to be fentanyl," says Byerley.

Byerley says the drug problem across the nation is something that will take a constant effort to stop.

"The cartels, the people that are making this, are preying upon our nation because of that drug addiction. They don't care about safety. They care about one thing and that's making profit," says Byerley.

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Super Meth from Sinaloa Mexico..

A drug that is destroying the minds of Americans but no one is really talking about it.

Yes, today the United States is a wash in an Heroin epidemic with addicts dying of overdoses everyday.

There is a second drug that is destroying the minds of Americans but no one is really focusing on this particular issue related to addiction. It seems that Meth usage is more prevalent in middle class and lower income neighborhoods but that will soon change with the over prescribing of the prescription Amphetamine, Adderall.

The story will be the same as most of those that now are abusing Heroin but their addiction started with the prescription drug Oxycodone or Vicodin. When an addict no longer has access to prescription drugs there is always an option readily available on the street. What is even more alarming is the fact that Ice known as Meth is being used as a replacement for Cocaine in what is known as a Speedball.

The deadly mix of a stimulant and Heroin has killed quite a few celebrities such as Jim Belushi in the past. When use see the list of chemicals I will post used in today's Ice or Meth it will be easy realize why this drug can cause permanent psychosis or brain damage.

Chemicals commonly used to make Crystal Meth:
a) Pseudoephrine
b) Acetone
c) Freon
d) Red Phosporus
e) Hydrophosphrous Acid
f) Lithium
g) Hydriodic Acid
h) Iodine Crystals
I) Phenylopropanolamine

Now keep in mind that all the above listed chemicals are highly corrosive or toxic and some can easily ignite causing an explosion during the manufacturing process of Meth.

Mental Health workers be prepared:

Those who abuse Crystal Meth are highly unpredictable. When they are actually detoxing one minute they can appear to be extremely depressed or may actually be in a drug induced psychosis so when dealing with these types of patients be prepared for extreme mood swings. The effects of Meth can last for months in some cases after an addicts last usage of the drug and may need additional help rebuilding cognitive skills once they have detoxed. It has also been said that in some cases that Meth addicts can have issues with mood regulation for up to five years after they have gotten clean and sober. So as American deals with an Heroin epidemic it might want to keep an eye of an increase of addicts being admitted to hospitals due addicts to being in a Crystal Meth psychosis.

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'I Don't Know That I Would Even Call It Meth Anymore'

Different chemically than it was a decade ago, the drug is creating a wave of severe mental illness and worsening America's homelessness problem.
By Sam Quinones
October 18, 2021


Among the drawbacks of the P2P method is that it produces two kinds of methamphetamine. One is known as d-methamphetamine, which is the stuff that makes you high. The other is l-methamphetamine, which makes the heart race but does little to the brain; it is waste product. Most cooks would likely want to get rid of the l-meth if they knew what it was. But separating the two is tricky, beyond the skills of most clandestine chemists. And without doing so, the resulting drug is inferior to ephedrine-based meth. It makes your heart hammer without offering as potent a high.
The P2P method offered traffickers one huge advantage: The chemicals that could be used to make it were also used in a wide array of industries—among them racing fuel, tanning, gold mining, perfume, and photography. Law enforcement couldn't restrict all these chemicals the way it had with ephedrine, not without damaging legitimate sectors of the economy. And a trained organic chemist could make P2P, the essential ingredient, in many ways. It was impossible to say how many methods of making P2P a creative chemist might come up with. Bozenko counted a dozen or so at first. He put them up in a large diagram on his office wall, and kept adding Post-it Notes with new ones as they appeared.
Something like the opposite of that has happened with P2P methamphetamine. "Meth reminds me of what alcoholics go through," Matt Scharf, the director of recovery programs at Midnight Mission, a Los Angeles treatment center, told me. "There's alcohol everywhere. Meth is now so readily available. There's an availability to it that is not the case with heroin or crack. It's everywhere."
Thus, as P2P meth spread nationwide, an unprecedented event took place in American drug use: Opioid addicts began to shift, en masse, to meth. Meth overdoses have risen rapidly in recent years, but they are much less common than opioid ODs—you don't typically overdose and die on meth; you decay. By 2019, in the course of my reporting, I was routinely coming into contact with people in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, and West Virginia who were using Suboxone to control their opiate cravings from long-standing addiction to pain pills and heroin, while using methamphetamine to get high. Massive supplies of cheap P2P meth had created demand for a stimulant out of a market for a depressant. In the process, traffickers forged a new population of mentally ill Americans.

ver the past year and a half, I've talked with meth addicts, counselors, and cops around the country. The people I spoke with told me stories nearly identical to Eric Barrera's: P2P-meth use was quickly causing steep deterioration in mental health. The symptoms were always similar: violent paranoia, hallucinations, conspiracy theories, isolation, massive memory loss, jumbled speech. Methamphetamine is a neurotoxin—it damages the brain no matter how it is derived.

But P2P meth seems to create a higher order of cerebral catastrophe. "I don't know that I would even call it meth anymore," Ken Vick, the director of a drug-treatment center in Kansas City, Missouri, told me. Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are afflictions that begin in the young. Now people in their 30s and 40s with no prior history of mental illness seemed to be going mad.