TITLE

Methamphetamine fuels the West's oil and gas boom

AUTHOR(S)
Farrell, Patrick
PUB. DATE
October 2005
SOURCE
High Country News;10/3/2005, Vol. 37 Issue 18, p4
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on methamphetamine addiction in Craig County, Colorado. Sheriff Buddy Grinstead, a solidly built policeman, is only beginning to wrap his arms around the drug problem that he says is swallowing his county. Grinstead points out a low-slung motel, where Craig's police recently busted dealers with methamphetamine, the cheap, synthetically produced stimulant known for its long-lasting high. Not a block farther, he nods at a run-down apartment, a well-known crash pad for addicts. Up the hill, behind the main street, he pauses at a well-kept ranch-style home, where a few years ago a local developer was busted for cooking and selling the highly addictive drug. Over the years, methamphetamine has claimed victims from across the socio-economic spectrum, but according to Grinstead and energy industry insiders, it has recently become epidemic on the oil and gas rigs sprouting in the dusty expanses around Craig, a small town of roughly 10,000 in the northwest corner of Colorado.
ACCESSION #
18811768

 

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