According to an article in Wednesday’s Anchorage Daily News, the Alaska methamphetamine business is seeing a shift from small mom & pop labs to larger production facilities (likely supported by lower-48 drug rings).

This may answer the question I posed in a previous article regarding the Valley meth scene. “Is less methamphetamine being produced now that pseudophedrine has been moved from store shelves to behind the counter?” Apparently the answer is no.

There may be a small (very small) benefit to this new arrangement; fewer labs means fewer homes being used for meth production where children are present. However, the larger labs with greater output of the drug will soon mean more parents addicted, and abandoned kids.