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Drug enforcement officers are seeing a rise in small-scale methamphetamine production.

So-called 'one-pot' meth labs may produce less than larger operations, but they still carry the danger of fire and explosion.

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New Hampshire’s substance abuse crisis is often linked with a single type of drug: opioids. But another illicit drug is rising in use. That’s methamphetamines.

Over the past three years, meth cases have more than doubled each year in the state.

NHPR’s Paige Sutherland reports from one Southern New Hampshire town where meth use is raising particular concern.

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New Hampshire "drug czar" David Mara discusses the state's efforts to address the on-going addiction crisis.  Is the Granite state spending enough to prevent and treat addiction?  What's the right balance between law enforcement and treatment?  And is there adequate oversight of the state's drug treatment infrastructure? We also look at lessons learned from the closure of Serenity Place, Manchester's addiction treatment center associated with the Safe Station program. 

Also, we hear from NHPR's Paige Sutherland on her extensive reporting on the opioid crisis in New Hampshire. 

Special Drug Unit Coming to Merrimack, N.H.

Jan 26, 2018
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The town of Merrimack will soon have a special drug unit to address a recent uptick in meth. The town council Thursday night unanimously voted to approve the additional officers.

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Concord authorities say the city is experiencing an alarming spike in methamphetamine use.

Sgt. Marc McGonagle, with the police's drug unit, tells The Concord Monitor that since January, undercover police have made at least 19 separate purchases of the narcotic.

He says the unit only made one undercover meth buy between 2003 and 2007.

McGonagle says most of the meth buys have involved people in their 30s and older.

He says that the drug is probably coming from local sources— people who are cooking it using over-the-counter ingredients.

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The number of meth labs found in the New Hampshire is growing faster than in neighboring states. Last year authorities have found more than a dozen meth labs, or lab material dump sites. But law enforcement and health policymakers are looking at what lessons New Hampshire can learn from other states that have already battled meth.

The Real Life Walter White?

Aug 7, 2013

Breaking Bad follows a high school science teacher who cooks up meth with a former student, kicking off a fast slide into murder, extortion and unsavory partnerships as a bona fide drug lord. Too crazy to be true…right? Well, maybe not. In 2011, police in California arrested Stephen Kinzey; professor by day, outlaw biker and meth distributor by night. Kinzey has been out on bail since his initial arrest. The preliminary hearing to determine whether or not the case against him is strong enough to go to trial was scheduled for June, it’s since been delayed.

Natasha Vargas-Cooper wrote about the real-life Walter White for BuzzFeed, and took the time to talk with us. She’s also a frequent contributor to The Atlantic, and The New York Times among others.