Control on Chemicals Linked to Drops in Cocaine and Meth Use

Regulations that restrict the availability of ingredients needed to produce cocaine and methamphetamine appear to have reduced the use of both drugs. U.S. restrictions on access to sodium permanganate and police action in Mexico against the importation of pseudoephedrine have heavily contributed to the decline in the number of people in the US using either cocaine or methamphetamine. Sodium permanganate is an oxidizing agent used for legitimate commercial purposes, but is also used to produce cocaine. In the early 2000s, the chemical started to be produced on a massive level, until the federal government limited its availability in 2006.

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