In Virginia, law enforcement is coming across a new production method of meth that users call “Shake and Bake.” This one-pot method eliminates all the beakers and glassware and condenses the whole operation with the same ingredients such as lye and ether.
When people think about Shake and Bake, they usually are thinking about breading chicken. In Virginia, law enforcement is coming across a new production method of meth that users call “Shake and Bake.” Police thought they had a handle on methamphetamines but they are coming to a realization that it never went away, and now has become even harder for them to control in their communities.
Five years ago Virginia limited the sale of cold medicines that contained a ingredient in meth, pseudo ephedrine. The limited supply put large-scale meth productions in a standstill. Tim Carden, who is the agent in charge of the Roanoke Drug Enforcement Agency said, “There was actually a lull so to speak for the last five years or so and over the last year we’ve seen things pick up.”
Meth users have learned how to become their own cooks by making smaller scale meth productions. The method is so small that the “Shake and Bake” method is done in a two litter soda bottle. This one-pot method eliminates all the beakers and glassware and condenses the whole operation with the same ingredients such as lye and ether.
The concern that comes over law enforcement like First Sergeant Ken Keesee with the Virginia State Police, is the wide spread use of this method. “Shake and Bake” has taken over Southwest Virginia and Keesee expects it to spread east. Keesee said that meth labs were virtually gone and now nearly 45 labs that were found all but two were one-pots.
The other main concern is users put all the ingredients in the bottle and will leave the bottle for about an hour on the side of the road until the product is done cooking, or other locations that is exposed to the public. This puts anyone who comes in contact with the bottle in danger.
Carden said, “Think about it, while that bottle is sitting on the side of the road, school buses are dropping kids off, people are driving by.” Recently the state of Virginia is training state police on how the handle the bottles when they are found, also the state of Virginia is training first responders in local communities.
The concern is also that children are present at half of the meth lab cases. Children will find the bottles and think it is soda and possibly drink what’s inside of the bottle. Another concern is that the bottles can leak hydrochloric acid and burn the skin and cause respiratory problems for the children or anyone else that may come in contact with the bottle.
You may think; why would a parent put their kids in such danger? Well counselors and medical experts say that meth addiction is one of the strongest. Meth affects the brain by giving it high doses of dopamine. This becomes an unnatural dependent amount that the user is in a constant desperate search to continue the high.