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  • AP IMPACT: Meth fills hospitals with burn patients

    A crude new method of making methamphetamine poses a risk even to Americans who never get anywhere near the drug: It is filling hospitals with thousands of uninsured burn patients requiring millions of dollars in advanced treatment _ a burden so costly that it's contributing to the closure of some burn units.


  • The interior of a home in Clarksville, Tenn., damaged by a shake-and-bake meth lab explosion in December 2011 is seen here. (Associated Press/Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force)

    Meth fills hospitals with burn patients

    A crude new method of making methamphetamine poses a risk even to Americans who never get anywhere near the drug: It is filling hospitals with thousands of uninsured burn patients requiring millions of dollars in advanced treatment — a burden so costly that it's contributing to the closure of some burn units.


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