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'Shake-and-Bake' Meth Fills Hospitals with Burn Patients

January 24, 2012  | 

A crude new method of making methamphetamine poses a risk even to Americans who never get anywhere near the drug: It is filling hospitals with thousands of uninsured burn patients requiring millions of dollars in advanced treatment - a burden so costly that it's contributing to the closure of some burn units.

So-called shake-and-bake meth is produced by combining raw, unstable ingredients in a 2-liter soda bottle. But if the person mixing the noxious brew makes the slightest error, such as removing the cap too soon or accidentally perforating the plastic, the concoction can explode, searing flesh and causing permanent disfigurement, blindness or even death.

An Associated Press survey of key hospitals in the nation's most active meth states showed that up to a third of patients in some burn units were hurt while making meth, and most were uninsured. The average treatment costs $6,000 per day. And the average meth patient's hospital stay costs $130,000 - 60 percent more than other burn patients, according to a study by doctors at a burn center in Kalamazoo, Mich.

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ed @ 1/24/2012 7:27 PM

Sorry, I have to ask, why? Why would we worry if some idiot cooked himself while cooking meth? Maybe they won't do it again. Especially if they don't get "repaired" at the hospital. Let the idiot fend for himself. That's our tax dollars at work, patch them up and let them live to hurt themselves or dozens of others again. Bummer.

Morning Eagle @ 1/24/2012 10:50 PM

I really resent our hard earned tax dollars being spent to take care of people that are so utterly stupid they won't leave crap like that alone when the danger is common knowledge. They made the choices and when they screw up it should not fall on others to kiss their owee and make it all better to the tune of six grand or more per day. Whatever happened to being personally responsible for one's own actions?

kkwarrior @ 1/24/2012 11:44 PM

Darwins natural selection at work...

Simon @ 1/25/2012 12:04 AM

I'd do a cost benefit analysis on them. They are no benefit to society so expend no cost on them...

Craig @ 1/25/2012 3:49 AM

These crispy criminals are taking money away from hospitals where it's really needed....for illegal aliens.

Tom @ 1/25/2012 11:52 AM

Just one more sad commentary on the state of our society. I am becoming a strong proponent for a "misdemeanor homicide" code section.

Jason Barnes @ 1/25/2012 12:18 PM

We legitimate taxpayers support idiots like these. We pay for everything for illegal aliens, right down to every damned aspirin tablet. But when WE need care, we're expected to pay every damned cent. Much easier these days to be an illegal and a parasite, than a decent human being.

judgedead @ 9/24/2012 6:56 PM

Legalize all drugs and end this phony drug war.Tax it all and all money problems solved..even parisitic healthcare leeches.

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