The award-winning AMC drama “Breaking Bad” which ended its spectacular five season run last fall, had captured the attention and hearts of millions of viewers. Not only that, the premise of the fictional TV show seems to be coming to life in the state of New Mexico, where the popular TV show was set and filmed. Federal investigators have reported that blue meth is on the rise, however this knock-off of the “pure meth” that was portrayed on the show is no more pure than colorless products. In order to make the meth more marketable to consumers, cooks and dealers have to cut the product with different chemicals to give the meth its blue tint. These chemicals have been reported to make users sick as well.
Kevin Abar, a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security in Albuquerque, told Albuquerque TV station KOB-TV, “It’s truly bad…We’re concerned that individuals may find it sexy and want to try it and utilize the drug and it’s very addictive.” Newer users may be more inclined to try the blue meth due to its portrayal in the series.
However, this is not the first time that the blue meth has come to light in the United States. In 2010, authorities in Kansas City, Missouri warned that blue meth was appearing around the city, after recovering small amounts of the product during the arrests of drug dealers. Elsewhere, in Oklahoma City during September of last year, police made a drug bust, uncovering 40 pounds of blue meth worth about $2.3 million.