Season 24, Episode 8 The Meth Epidemic

First Aired: February 14, 2006

“The Meth Epidemic” is a revealing look at methamphetamine abuse that focuses on Portland, Ore., where use has hit crisis proportions. Included: ways in which drug makers obtain pseudoephedrine (a necessary ingredient); how meth works on the brain and why its effect is immediate and powerful. Also: comments from the police, a reporter, a former DEA deputy director, a pediatrician and politicians.

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