Port St Lucie is located near Fort Lauderdale. Its close proximity to the larger town means that it, like so many other towns in Southern Florida is struggling to figure out ways to cease the growing methamphetamine problem.
Why Crystal Meth is Problematic
There are several reasons why methamphetamine is becoming such a huge problem in places like Port St. Lucie. The first reason is because the drug is cheap to make and can be made just about anywhere. The main products in methamphetamine are common cold medications that can be purchased at just about any drugstore, for a very low price. Once the products have been purchased, drug dealers can make the methamphetamine just about anywhere, with abandoned trailers being the preferred place for meth labs.
The police department in smaller towns like Port St. Lucie are smaller and don’t have the same type of resources as larger departments. They simply don’t have the funding or the training needed to properly locate methamphetamine labs. The lack of sufficient police force makes towns like Port St. Lucie perfect for drug dealers.
The final thing that makes Port St. Lucie so great for drug deals is its proximity to Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale has a large enough population for the drug dealers to make a sufficient living selling their homemade crystal meth.
Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005
Things like the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 help reduce the amount of crystal meth that is on the streets of Port St. Lucie. The act makes it considerably more difficult for crystal meth dealers to get the amount of cold medicine they need to make a significant amount of methamphetamine. The act restricts the amount of cold medication a person can purchase during a 30 day period and also requires that a person show ID before they can purchase the medication. In keeping with the act, retailers must be certified before they can sell cold medications and their clerks and pharmacist must be up to date.
In addition to making it difficult for drug dealers to get the cold medications they need in order to manufacture methamphetamine, getting the addicts into the Florida meth treatment program they need will also make a huge difference. Currently Port St. Lucie has 5 different meth treatment centers where a person can get the professionally trained help needed to wean them from crystal meth.