Good article by Montana's Roger Roots ~
Cooking Meth: How Government Manufactured a Drug Epidemic
by Roger Roots
Every decade or so, a new drug abuse epidemic is said to be destroying the very fabric of American society, necessitating a government crackdown or even a "war" to protect us all from it. There have been opium and heroin scares, numerous cocaine scares, endless marijuana scares, and of course that "crack" scare of the 1980s, which drastically increased America’s incarceration rate. Untold thousands of years of prison time have been served by unfortunate possessors, buyers and sellers of these substances over the past century.
The crack scare of today is methamphetamine, a (relatively) cheap stimulant that can be used as an anti-sleep medication, a dietary aid or an energy booster. Various forms of methamphetamines, or home-cooked "speed" have displaced cocaine as the danger drug of the day. Government officials in a majority of U.S. counties now report that meth is their counties’ most serious drug problem. Meth use is said to be particularly rampant in the American western states, where the substance is in high demand. States like Montana, South Dakota, Idaho, Colorado and Arizona have all launched extensive efforts – both private and public – to fight the meth menace. ...
Read it all here: http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig8/roots6.1.1.html