NH's cooking: A lot of meth
The Lakes Region, where "On Golden Pond" was set, has its own drug task force. It is active.
Last Wednesday, police in Tilton arrested seven adults at a meth lab there. One of the adults was holding a 3-1/2-year-old boy in her lap just feet away from a highly explosive mix of chemicals that were being "cooked" to make the addictive drug. It was a familiar sight to the police. In Thornton a few weeks before, the drug task force found "the same kind of situation with a youth involved," Tilton Police Chief Robert Cormier said. That meth cooker was positioned four feet from a crib, police said.
In Bristol in September police found a meth lab in a small apartment building. In February a meth lab was discovered in a West Merrimack Street townhouse in Manchester. All of these labs were one-pot, or "shake and bake," operations. The process is so simple - a few ingredients shaken up, carefully, in a large soda bottle - that just about any idiot can do it. And many do. The process has led to a huge increase in the number of meth labs in the United States in the last few years.
In New Hampshire, these labs have become a serious problem in small towns. No longer do drug dealers need connections to drug cartels, gangs or big-city crime organizations. Videos online show how to make the stuff, and the ingredients can be found in any town with a drug store and hardware store.
Six years ago the U.N. World Drug Report crowned meth the most abused drug in the world, with 26 million users - equal to users of cocaine and heroin combined, as a PBS "Frontline" report noted. It is cheap, highly addictive, and spreading across New Hampshire. And this is just the beginning.