University of new hampshire
Spanish and Sociology
Mentor: Dr. John Kirkpatrick, UNH College of Liberal Arts and JusticeWorks
Kevin O’Shea, UNH Justice Studies Program
The relationship between the location of production of Methamphetamine and the establishment of the drug in new markets
Methamphetamine is the most potent member of a class of drugs known as central nervous system stimulants, which act by facilitating presynaptic release of dopamine. Not only does Methamphetamine induce mood swings, increases heart rate and respiration, but it also raises blood pressure, decreases appetite, sleep, and reaction time. Other drugs in this category include amphetamine, cocaine, ephedrine, and methylphenidate. Historically Methamphetamine use has been a significant problem primarily in Western states, like California, Nevada, Utah, and New Mexico. However, in recent years, it has randomly spread throughout the United States. It is now perceived to be one of the fastest growing drug problems in America.
I am interviewing with several law enforcement officials in the northeastern states, specifically New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New York to gather information on law enforcements perception of the relationship between the production-location of Methamphetamine and the establishment of the drug in new markets. My study will be of assistance to inform local and federal policy makers and law enforcement agencies in developing policies, appropriate prevention, procedures, enforcement, treatment options, and practices. This study will also enable law enforcement officials to embrace a more targeted and focused approach to Methamphetamine trafficking.