The balloon effect, ladies and gentlemen, beautifully illustrated:
Tennessee for years has struggled with two main categories of drugs: synthetic opiate painkillers, such as OxyContin, and methamphetamine. Law enforcement and legislators have waged a continual battle against both, but drug dealers have kept apace and even evolved their methods.
Officials say anti-meth measures have drastically reduced the number of large-scale meth labs across the state and laws to limit the amount of pseudoephedrine — a key ingredient in meth — have made it more difficult to obtain materials. But drug dealers developed smaller-scale methods of cooking up meth and enlist multiple people to help circumvent limits on pseudoephedrine.
“What we saw last year a couple of times was they would just come here and stay at hotels and sometimes manufacture it there,” said Sgt. Gene Donegan, who supervises the Metro police narcotics unit.
Well that’s a bummer. But what of the battle against painkillers? Surely the police are having better luck on this front?
Donegan has watched as the street value of prescription drugs skyrocketed over the past few years. They once cost a few dollars a pill, but the current street value has risen to about $1 a milligram. And with many pills coming in 80 mg form, it has begun to price many addicts out of the market.
He said users have sought out a cheaper high. With heroin costing only about $160 a gram and providing a similar high to prescription opiates, it has become the go-to replacement.
Ah, well, perhaps Kentucky will have better luck.
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