KETK SPECIAL REPORT: Meth in your market
POSTED: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 10:49pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 6:17am
TYLER - Meth is a drug, that doctors say, can kill you no matter how you use it.
"It's a horrible effect, there's toxic effects to the heart, the brain, pretty much every organ."
Law enforcement everywhere is trying to keep this deadly drug out of the hands of potential addicts.
"Anything that these folks are using to cook the methamphetamine we're going to do everything we can to stop that or at least slow it down."
It was first Psuadephedrin and now Iodine is joining the list of items which pharmacist are pulling off their shelves, the reason, to prevent these drugs from being used in methamphetamine.
"Folks that are making methamphetamine in the area found a way to use the iodine in their cooking process and they were coming in or buying bulk or multiple bottles at time or stealing them."
Colin Marino is an emergency physician at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, and he says meth is not only a problem it's an epidemic.
"How often here in East Texas are you seeing victims of methamphetamine abuse?" " Everyday, all the time, Methamphetamine is pervasive, and it's a horrible addiction."
Doctors and authorities says a big part of the danger is not just the users, but meth labs which are spread all over East Texas.
It seems to be getting worse, and even occasionally we will get the methamphetamine explosion of a lab or something like that and we will get burn victims.
"These labs are extremely dangerous, you know you might be living next door to someone you know that has a lab and if it blows up it's going to kill people."
Authorities call it "Red P" which stands for red phosphorus, which is just one of the ingredients meth addicts use.
Constable John Smith of Smith County says there are tall-tell signs of a meth-user.
"They lose their teeth, the chemicals come out of their pores they have an odor about them, their completion is bad like pimples, their skinny cause that stuff keeps you up for day."
Meth addiction is so prevalent in East Texas some small towns such as Pritchett have started a meth-watch group to keep the drug out.
Some experts say as meth addicts look to the next high, they will never stop looking for ingredients to get them there.