This is dedicated to Travis Holappa who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered on July 25, 2004 in Northern Minnesota. This was all due to meth. I am Travis' mother and I wish to make this devastation turn into a better thing by educating and exposing the truth about meth, the dangers, and the deadly consequences it brings about to individuals and communities.

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I want to do what I can to educate people about what is going on around the world with the meth problem. I want people to know about it BEFORE they even get the idea to want to try it. It is a dangerous drug and will ruin your life as well as all those who love you. I am on a mission on behalf of my only son, Travis.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Key to Making Meth Unusable (Ohio)

NH3 + Ca(NO3)2
Researchers in Iowa find that adding calcium nitrate to farm fertilizer makes a key meth ingredient unusable
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Kelly Hassett
Making meth harder to make

University researchers in Iowa have discovered a new ingredient that could make it tougher for methamphetamine cooks to concoct their illegal brew.

Researchers at Iowa State University announced last week that adding calcium nitrate to anhydrous ammonia neutralizes the reaction required to make methamphetamine. The highly addictive drug is manufactured in clandestine labs using the farm fertilizer, a common cold medicine and other household products.

Officials hope the discovery will not only curb meth production, but deter thieves from stealing anhydrous ammonia from farmers and farm-supply dealers. And agriculture and law-enforcement officials in Ohio and elsewhere are taking notice.

"If you’re a meth cook, it makes your job a whole lot harder," said Dale Woolery, associate director of the Iowa Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy.

Officials in Ohio, New York and several western states have already contacted counterparts in Iowa to find out more about the research.

State law-enforcement officials say stopping meth production is one of their top priorities, both because of the crime associated with its use and because of the danger involved in its production. Meth-lab raids in Ohio increased since 2000 from 36 to more than 400 last year, and the state has spent nearly $2 million just in the past two years to establish and run a law-enforcement unit to combat the illegal drug.

Some in law enforcement wonder if the additive, while possibly deterring thefts of anhydrous ammonia, would slow the production of the drug overall. And those in the farming and fertilizer industries are concerned about the cost.

Anhydrous ammonia generally costs farmers about $45 per acre, said Jerry Ward, president of OHIGRO, a retail farm-supply business in Waldo.

Calcium nitrate would tack on at least another $1 an acre to farmers’ fertilizer bill, and many farmers work thousands of acres.

"That adds up," Ward said.

Farm suppliers and members of the Ohio AgriBusiness Association had been waiting for the results of Iowa State’s research, said Brian Peach, secretary-treasurer.

They want more information about how the calcium nitrate would be marketed, at what level in the distribution process the chemical would be added and whether it really reduces anhydrous-ammonia thefts, Peach said.

"We’ve tried numerous methods, but nothing was really deterring them," he added.

The anhydrous-ammonia tanks at Blanchard Valley Farmers Co-op in Findlay have been broken into several times in the past few years, said risk coordinator Joe Hochstettler.

The co-op added tank locks, surveillance cameras and chain-link fences before the number of thefts dropped, he said.

Although Hochstettler said the calcium nitrate formula seems more promising than GloTell, a chemical that makes ammonia glow pink and stains meth users’ hands, he wonders how the added cost would affect competition.

"Unless it became law, not everybody would do it," Hochstettler said. "We’d be giving away $1 an acre to do the right thing."

State lawmakers already have moved to make it harder to produce meth.

A law restricting sales of pseudoephedrine took effect in May and is credited, at least in part, for the drop in the number of meth labs and waste sites discovered, from 444 in 2005 to 243 so far this year.

"The new law, it’s making it a lot harder for them," said Chuck Bell, special agent for the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.

Bell predicted the calcium nitrate could also help, but acknowledged that meth addicts are constantly adapting their methods in response to new police tactics.

"We have a lot of people making their own anhydrous ammonia right now," Bell said. "If they want it bad enough, they’re going to find a way to do it."

Iowa is still fine-tuning its program, which is voluntary for agriculture suppliers and retailers. Officials don’t think it is necessary to treat every anhydrous-ammonia tank in the state with calcium nitrate, however, Woolery said.

"It’s a very fluid, flexible type of process," he said. "We think that there’ll be enough of it out there by spring that, for a meth cook, they might as well quit."


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