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    Filed at 7:03 am under by dcobranchi

    A couple of articles on methamphetamine coincidentally crossed my desk within minutes of each other. The first from the NYT details how some states are trying to fight the “cooks” by making it harder to get one of the precursor chemicals. The second story from the Des Moines Register is a more personal look at how the drug nearly destroyed a young girl’s life (and, yes, she was being home educated for a while). Both are worth a read, particularly the latter.

    I looked up the synthesis* for making crystal meth; it is scarily easy. As a parent, here are some things to watch out for: road flares or red phosphorus, iodine solution, cold pills containing pseudoephedrine (Sudafed or any of the look-alikes).

    *I’m not giving away any secrets with the link to the synthetic route. Anyone with an inclination to make this could have found it the same way I did– Google.

    2 Responses to “THE DARK SIDE OF CHEMISTRY”

    Comment by
    January 30th, 2005
    at 9:33 am

    Let me know if the DEA shows up at your door. They are probably logging IP addresses on visits to that site 😉

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    January 30th, 2005
    at 9:41 am

    Yeah- I thought about that, too. I Googled “cook methamphetamine pseudoephedrine” and “methamphetamine synthesis” as well as “red phosphorus.” I also clicked on about a dozen similar links (including a government site where a Ph.D. chemist advised a kid on where he might be able to buy red phosphorus).

    So, now I’ll have a DEA dossier to match my FBI one. There goes my career in politics (again).