Much has been made of the effects of methamphetamine on users, from crumbling teeth to erratic behavior to heart inflammation to death. It's a painful story that the media has been only too eager to tell, as an estimated 346,000 people in the United States have become part of the meth-addiction "epidemic," with a million more using the drug casually, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. But journalists and politicians have paid less attention to another damaging effect of the nation's latest fixation: what meth is doing to the environment. Lab leftovers. Photo: Arizona DEC. Unlike …
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Erica Gies is a freelance environmental writer who lives in San Francisco, Calif.