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Big Piney Meth Forum. Photo by Pinedale Online.
Big Piney Meth Forum

Meth Forum. Photo by Pinedale Online.
Meth Forum

Crystal Meth Packet. Photo by Pinedale Online.
Crystal Meth Packet
More refined meth is now coming in from Mexico as a result of restrictions in the U.S. on the common household items used to manufacture the drug. Ingredients include lithium (from batteries), Ephedrine (cold tablets), iodine, alcohol, drain cleaner and other extremely toxic and harmful chemicals.

Marijuana Drug Items. Photo by Pinedale Online.
Marijuana Drug Items

Drug Scales. Photo by Pinedale Online.
Drug Scales
Drug scales for weighing various types of drugs. Many kinds of scales are used including small postage scales.
Sheriff's Meth Forum
by Pinedale Online!
Original post March 15, 2006 | Updated January 8, 2014

Editor's Update, October 26, 2010: We've updated the Related Links section at the end of this article to add in a new link.

The Sublette County Sheriff's Office held Meth Forums in Big Piney and Pinedale on March 15 and 16th.

The purpose of the forum was to inform the public about the increasing use of this extremely addictive drug in Sublette County and across the nation and answer questions from the public. Sublette County is currently ranked in the top 5 counties for meth use in Wyoming.

What is meth?
Methamphetamine (Meth) is a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol. Methamphetamine in all forms is a highly addictive central nervous system stimulant that can be injected, snorted, smoked, or ingested orally. Meth releases high levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine which can enhance the mood and body movement.

Meth is also known as meth, crank, glass, speed, crystal, ice, batu, chalk, shabu or zip. It is a highly addictive drug that hooks its victims on the very first use. Because it is so highly addictive, education and warnings to not even experiment with this drug are critical to keep people, especially young children and adults, from falling victim.

Meth is a drug that affects all age groups, ethnic groups and social classes. Users say it is almost impossible to save those already on the drug. "You can't save the ones who are already on it, but you can save the ones who haven't tried it." As one of the fastest-growing drug use problems, more attention is being placed on trying to keep people from trying the drug and to provide treatment for those who have already fallen victim.

Signs of someone using meth
-Loss of appetite
-Incessant talking
-Extreme moodiness and irritability
-Repetitious behaviors such as picking at skin or pulling out hair
-Displaying an overwhelming sense of confidence and power
-Aggressive or violent behavior
-Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities

Also watch for extended sleepy periods, because when meth wears off, the person will be worn out and tired. He/she may seem sluggish and/or depressed.

Signs of dealing meth
Razor blades
Drinking straws cut down to 3-4"
Small zipper-closure plastic bags (1-2" square)
Small glass pipes

Signs of manufacturing meth
Many people may be unaware that they may be living near a meth lab. Meth labs can be in houses, barns, apartments, trailers, campers, cabins and motel rooms even the backs of pickups. The equipment for a meth lab can be as small as to fit in a duffel bag, a cardboard box or the trunk of a car.
-Unmarked Mason jars with tubes attached
-Stained coffee filters
-2-liter pop bottles
-Camera batteries
-Wooden matches
-Propane cylinders
-Hot plates
-Unusual, strong odors (like cat urine, ether, ammonia, acetone or other chemicals).
-Residences with windows blacked out
-Lots of traffic
-Excessive trash including large amounts of items such as antifreeze containers, lantern fuel cans, red chemically stained coffee filters, drain cleaner and duct tape.

Where to report suspected drug activity or other suspecious activity
Anyone with any information about suspected crimes or drug use can call the Sublette County Sheriff Department Toll Free Crime Information and Drug Activity Tip Line. This is a totally automated, 24-hour contact number. The call is free and callers can remain totally anonymous. Information of interest is names, license numbers, times, dates, places and the type of criminal activity. 1-800-TIP-US_OFF. When the TIP LINE computer answers, enter EXTENSION: 367.

For help and more information
Wyoming has certified drug treatment programs in 29 counties. A new 100-bed treatment facility is being built in Rock Springs. For treatment in Pinedale, contact High Country Counseling and Resource Center at 307-367-2111. The Sublette County Sheriff's Office also will provide help and information to anyone seeking more information about suspected drug use, 307-367-4378. Below are more contacts for drug treatment centers elsewhere in the nation.

Choices Recovery Center
1-800-981-9228 (located in Central Florida)

Drug Rehab
(non-profit organization for treatment options)

Narconon International

Narconon in Burley, Idaho

DARS Drug and Alcohol Rehab Services

The Watershed Addiction Treatment Programs

Photos by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!

Related Links
  • Sublette County Sheriff's Office
  • - Free and True Wyoming, Info about meth, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
  • My Name's Crystal Meth - Poem about meth use
  • Prescription Drug Abuse & Addiction - (link updated Jan. 2014)

  • Crystal Meth. Photo by Pinedale Online.
    Crystal Meth
    Crystal meth is a more refined version of this extremely addictive drug.

    One-gram. Photo by Pinedale Online.
    A one-gram drug packet is approximately the size of a packet of Splenda. The street value of one gram of crystal meth is about $200 as of the writing of this article.

    Marijuana. Photo by .
    Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug in America. Marijuana is a green, brown, or gray mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the hemp plant. It is also known by street names such as pot, reefer, joint, herb, weed, grass, boom, Mary Jane, gangster, or chronic. There are more than 200 slang terms for marijuana.

    Drug Pipes. Photo by Pinedale Online.
    Drug Pipes
    Various kinds of pipes for smoking marijuana, meth and other drugs. Drug pipes are readily available on the internet, making it easy for teenagers and young adults to buy them. Items are often disguised as such things as lipstick cases to escape detection and are marketed under code names and symbols. Drug pipes can also be made from ordinary household items such as light bulbs, cardboard toilet paper tubes and hollowed out ball point pens.

    Marijuana Pipes. Photo by Pinedale Online.
    Marijuana Pipes
    Various kinds of pipes for smoking marijuana. Pipes are the simplest device used to smoke marijuana. For the most part they are similar to pipes used to smoke tobacco. Marijuana pipes are typically made of heat-resistant materials such as stone, ivory, metal, glass, and occasionally harder woods that can withstand an ongoing flame.

    Roll your own. Photo by Pinedale Online.
    Roll your own
    Papers and cigarette rollers are a good indication of marijuana use. Not many people today roll loose tobacco for their own cigarettes. These products are readily available for purchase on the internet.

    Oxycontin. Photo by Pinedale Online.
    Oxycontin is a morphine-like narcotic drug approved for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. Abusers sometimes disrupt the time-release formula of the drug to speed up absorption, often chewing the tablets, crushing them and snorting the powder, or dissolving them in water and injecting the drug to get a fast high. Abusers have also used Oxycontin with other pain killers, alcohol and marijuana. Several deaths have resulted from abuse of this drug.

    Magic Mushrooms. Photo by Pinedale Online.
    Magic Mushrooms
    Magic mushrooms are mushrooms that contain psilocybin. Psilocybin is a psychedelic drug with effects similar to those of LSD when ingested. They are commonly referred to colloquially as magic mushrooms or just shrooms. They are either eaten raw, mixed with food, or brewed into a tea. Visions and revelations may be experienced and the effect can range from exhilarating to terrifying. Magic mushrooms, like all hallucinogens, can trigger underlying mental disorders and cause schizophrenic-type symptoms.
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