Home is where the meth is

meth-lab514_0An anthropologist embedded with meth addicts in Missouri and has an interview in the New Republic.

The trailer parks of Jefferson County, Missouri, are a far cry from the international cartels of Breaking Bad, but this is the real picture of meth in America: Eveready batteries and Red Devil Lye on kitchen counters, used syringes mixed in with children’s homework, drawers full of forks bent out of shape by chronic users’ obsessive tinkering. Over the course of nearly a decade studying home meth production in the rural U.S., SUNY Purchase anthropologist Jason Pine has looked on as Jefferson County’s practiced ‘chemists’ cook their product, watched addicts inject their own veins, and visited houses destroyed by meth lab explosions. “Jefferson County is largely rural,” Pine told me. “Houses can be quite secluded. It has rocky ridges that make it unsuitable for farming, but great for meth cooking.”

If you’re interested, a couple more articles by the author are available here and here.

via Meth: Adderall for construction workers | New Republic.

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2 responses to “Home is where the meth is

  1. Great article! What interesting insight that meth functions as blue collar Adderall, that it helps feed a feeling of industriousness that so many Americans, rich or poor, hold close to their hearts. An illustration of what Mark Kleinman said, “the politics of drug policy is never very far from identity politics” (http://books.google.com/books?id=T9FoAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA186&lpg=PA186&dq=%22the+politics+of+drug+policy+is+never+very+far+from+identity+politics%22&source=bl&ots=LPoD_XIpU0&sig=mESCE6ZfwZwqTHk3s_4T8hh3afY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=NoreUojRHri-sQTYxICwAg&ved=0CDMQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=%22the%20politics%20of%20drug%20policy%20is%20never%20very%20far%20from%20identity%20politics%22&f=false)

    Thanks for sharing this piece.