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No Speed Limit: The Highs and Lows of Meth…
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No Speed Limit: The Highs and Lows of Meth

by Frank Owen

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Journalist Owen takes readers on a trip into the world(s) of methamphetamines, from the cook houses in rural and small-town Missouri to latter-day suppliers in Mexico to users across America. In this highly personal travelog of meth making, selling, using, and abusing, Owens shows how a little-known drug first popular with bikers and truckers became a national scourge. In doing so, he debunks many myths about meth addiction and supposed meth-induced antisocial and criminal behavior, and he tracks the ways law enforcement officials from the federal level to local police departments have tried first to make sense of the meth culture and then to stop the manufacture and sale of the drug. This is not a deeply scholarly study steeped in analysis so much as a ride through history and current policy.--Adapted from Library Journal review.… (more)

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  dmarsh451 | Apr 1, 2013 |
Interesting read about the latest high visibility drug "epidemic". Meth use and abuse is nothing new, starting out as a wonder drug in the 1940s that was used to alleviate depression, increase weight loss, and to keep the armed forces on all sides fighting during WW2. It really took off in the 1960s when outlaw biker gangs took control of it, followed by Mexican cartels and of course your rural homebrewers. This covers its history, as well as its impact and its attraction, as well as some of the myths. A fascinating look at an issue that's regularly in the news. ( )
  g3orgia | May 5, 2008 |
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