From First Assistant Federal Defender Kirk Redmond:
The latest installment in a series of moral panics over
drugs in America is methamphetamine. Meth is postured as the new crack,
pilloried as the most dangerous drug in existence. Not so.
campaigns notwithstanding, methamphetamine is no more insidious than cocaine,
heroin, or alcohol.
Scholars have begun to deconstruct the myth of a
methamphetamine epidemic. Years ago, a letter from the
medical community exploded the notion that a meth addiction is more
difficult to treat than an addiction to other drugs. The Sentencing
Project has stripped away media hyperbole about a spike in meth use. And most
recently, a study from Columbia
University has condemned the hyper-caffeinated claims about the harm
wrought by methamphetamine, comparing the media hype to what happened with crack
Judges are paying
attention. In a future post, we will talk about the meth purity guidelines.