Meth Labs in Tennessee Relocate to Motel Rooms
Tennessee made progress in 2010 in seizing and shutting down meth laboratories. But that has not, unfortunately, eliminated the danger of the meth labs. With the massive shutdowns of meth labs all over the state, those who create the drug have gotten more creative about where they work. Recently, many meth labs have relocated to hotel rooms. Dr. Jeff Guy, the director of Vanderbilt University’s Regional Burn Center, confirms this to be true.
Dr. Guy is currently treating a man who blew up his apartment and several neighboring apartments after allegedly allowing a methamphetamine lab to explode. According to Dr. Guy, those addicted to the “poor man’s cocaine” are growing increasingly reckless. As a result, those who make it are starting to utilize densely populated residential areas for workspace, including hotels and motels.
Dr. Guy treats many people severely burned while cooking methamphetamine. Dr. Guy said that often recovering from their injuries does not deter them from returning to making and using the highly addictive drug.
“They still have a drug addiction, they still have a psychiatric illness. We can’t get them into rehab for their drug addiction. We can’t get them into inpatient psychiatric care. So… we put them back on the streets, [and] they do the same thing over again, and everybody acts surprised.”
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