Skip to comments.Meth fills hospitals with burn patients
Posted on 01/23/2012 9:03:02 AM PST by Mount Athos
A crude new method of making methamphetamine poses a risk even to Americans who never get anywhere near the drug: It is filling hospitals with thousands of uninsured burn patients requiring millions of dollars in advanced treatment a burden so costly that it's contributing to the closure of some burn units.
So-called shake-and-bake meth is produced by combining raw, unstable ingredients in a 2-liter soda bottle.
The influx of patients is overwhelming hospitals and becoming a major factor in the closure of some burn wards. At least seven burn units across the nation have shut down over the past six years, partly due to consolidation but also because of the cost of treating uninsured patients, many of whom are connected to methamphetamine.
Burn experts agree the annual cost to taxpayers is well into the tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars.
(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...
Your public health dollars at work
Yet another reason not to have “free” medical care. Do meth; live with the consequences.
“The improvised system first emerged several years ago, partly in response to attempts by many states to limit or forbid over-the-counter access to pseudoephedrine. Since then, the shake-and-bake recipe has spread to become the method of choice.”
Watch a new law will pass.... We'll need two forms of ID to purchase 2-liter sodas at the pharmacy now.
Good thing healthcare will be free soon.
That should clean out the gene pool...
Pardon me. Minor correction
Reminds me of the old Irish saying, “You’ll know them by their limp”.
Or “whisky plates” on chronic DUI convicts- stay far away from those cars.
The Food Nazis would like nothing better than an excuse to ban soda.
Meth is the most evil drug ever invented. It is producing lots of brain damaged people who are incapable of work...so they’ll get an SS disability check you and me have to pay for. Death penalty for meth dealers is a good idea
See the post above yours; meth is candyland compared to that stuff..
What is krokodil?
I live in North Florida, where the meth biz seems to be booming, and when one of these “work accidents” occurs, the injured guy’s buddies dump him on the ground in front of the door of the hospital and take off.
Real simple solution for this problem: Don’t do drugs.
No sympathy here.
Krokodil: The drug that eats junkies
Yet another cost of the drug war. Churches and families can protect against drug use; governments can’t. All they do is create an avalanche of unintended consequences: costs, crime and corruption.
Meanwhile, it has now become impossible to get the only over-the-counter medicine that actually helped my sinus condition.
In the libertarian delusional utopia all drugs are legal and everyone will live happily ever after. Drugs like meth and krokodil are extremely addictive after the first use. It turns users into psychopaths who will do anything, and I mean anything, to get their next hit. So don't be surprised when you are leaving your cocaine and ecstasy fueled orgy at 2 a.m. that you are mugged and killed by a meth addict. Do you know how to create a libertarian? Take a conservative and remove all common sense.
"Lets mix caustic household chemicals that react vigorously when exposed to air in a flimsy container within inches of our face, just so we can get high, drop out of society, fail at life and die young. What could go wrong?"
Meth isn’t as evil as krokodil. Look it up... eww...
Ah, you beat me to it. Didn’t see your post.
Looks like The War On
The Bill of Rights Some Drugs is having Unintended Consequences....
So we make drugs legal in the US.
More people start using the drugs , but they start seekin a higher level of high. Sothey start cooking these things in their kitchens. They add a littls gasoline sone paint thinner. maybe even a little propane.
Bathtub gin during prohibition was nothing compared thi this stuff, and if we m,ake drugs legal they can go buy the fixin’s right over the counter.
Another argument against legal drugs. Legalising drugs is stupid.
A libertarian is a liberal who wants a tax cut
krokodil is as evil as meth...I hope it never makes its way to America. So far only Russians make and consume it.
Darwin often works in strange and mysterious ways.
But the butt-hurt libertarian haters have certainly swarmed out of the woodwork for this article...
According to this, the Meth heaviest-use states do not agree with the article.
Oregon #1, Hawaii #2...
With a link to the map version.
Im on a phone. Im not so savvy.
Sorry. I was not referring to your thread.
I was referring to the AP story.
It will get here eventually. Nasty stuff, but there’s no shortage of people here that will go for it.
I had an acquaintance in college ("friend" is too strong a word, he was the roommate of a drinking buddy of mine) who was absolutely fearless. He tried anything, including just about every illegal substance known to man.
He once told us that "Crack" was the only drug that scared him, and that he'd never do it again. Said that he was high before he exhaled the smoke.
I've occasionally wondered if 1) He's still alive and 2) What he'd think of Meth and today's other drugs that make Crack look quaint and anachronistic.
I think that those who advocate for drug legalization equate today's drug use with a couple of joints of 60's Panama Red. Sez me, it sounds like the difference between shooting a bullet, and throwing it.
If all drugs are legal, everyone will not live happily ever after. Many people will kill themselves with drugs, perhaps even more than now. And gradually the addiction gene, if any, may diminish in the gene pool.
The one thing that will happen for sure is that drugs will be cheaper; there is no reason they should cost more than over-the-counter medications. And common sense tells me that is going to lead to less crime. You can argue that increased usage will offset this to some extent, but I am convinced that the net effect on crime can only be positive.