Meth Labs Increase

Oklahoma City, OK – Meth labs again on the rise in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Narcotics investigators in Oklahoma say the number of methamphetamine labs is again rising across the state.

The number of meth labs declined in Oklahoma after 2004 when the state became the first in the nation to limit the sale of pseudoephedrine. Pseudoephedrine is found in cold medicines and is a key ingredient in making meth.

Now the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control says 743 labs were found last year compared to 148 in 2006. Bureau spokesman Mark Woodward says users are now turning to the "one pot" or "shake and bake" method of making meth in which ingredients are combined in a single 20-ounce soda bottle.

The number of deaths from meth overdoses is also rising from 27 in 2008 to 51 in the first nine months of 2009.


Information from: The Oklahoman,