No Speed Limit

No Speed Limit

The Highs and Lows of Meth

Book - 2007 | 1st ed
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"In this book, Frank Owen traces the spread of methamphetamine - meth - from its origins as a cold and asthma remedy to the stimulant wiring every corner of American culture." "Meth is the latest "epidemic" to attract the attention of law enforcement and the media, but like cocaine and heroin, its roots are medicinal. It was first synthesized in the late nineteenth century and applied in the treatment of a wide range of ailments. By the 1940s meth had become a wonder drug, used to treat depression, hyperactivity, obesity, epilepsy, and addictions to other drugs and alcohol. Allied, Nazi, and Japanese soldiers used it throughout World War II, and the returning waves of veterans drove demand for meth into the burgeoning postwar suburbs, where it became the "mother's helper" for a bored and lonely generation." "But meth truly exploded in the 1960s and '70s, when biker gang cooks using burners, beakers, and plastic tubes brought their expertise from California to the Ozarks, the Southwest, and other remote rural areas where the drug could be manufactured in kitchen labs. Since then, billions of dollars have been spent by federal, state, and local governments to battle meth. Murders, violent assaults, thefts, fires, premature births, and AIDS - rises in all of these have been blamed on the drug that crosses classes and subcultures like no other." "Frank Owen follows the users, cooks, dealers, and law enforcers to uncover a story being played out in cities, small towns, and farm communities across America."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0312356161
Branch Call Number: 362.299 OWE
Characteristics: xi, 244 p. ; 22 cm


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