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Meth activity reports and consequences

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From 2010 to 2011, Black Hawk County has reported an increase in meth labs by 115%. In 2010 , there were a reported 13 labs. That number has risen to 28 in 2011. Police say the activity has gone up due to the increased availability of ingredients and the new "one pot" or "shake and bake" method.  

This new meth manufacturing style has put thousands of burn patients in the hospital, many without insurance. It's made by combining unstable ingredients in a 2-liter soda bottle. The smallest error can cause an explosion resulting in disfigurement, blindness, or even death.

A survey of key hospitals in the nation's most active meth states revealed that up to one third of patients in some burn units were hurt while making meth and most were uninsured. The average meth patient will run up a medical bill of around $130,000.

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