‘The Meth Epidemic’ (2011)

Our weekly documentary film curated by the editorial team at 21WIRE.

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Our weekly documentary film curated by the editorial team at 21WIRE.

Speed. Meth. Glass. On the street, methamphetamine has many names. What started as a fad among West Coast motorcycle gangs in the 1970s then spread across the United States – and exploding again as a direct result of devastation of the governments’ imposing disastrous Covid lockdowns. This investigative film looks deeper at the issue of meth addiction in America – the impact on individuals, families and communities, and the difficulty of controlling an essential ingredient in meth — ephedrine and pseudoephedrine — both sold legally as part of over-the-counter cold remedies. This 2011 documentary piece investigates how and why meth use spiraled out of control and contributed to the drug abuse problem in America.

Run time: 53 min
Written and Produced by Carl Byker
Released by PBS Frontline (2011)

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