You see an empty two-liter bottle on the side of the road. Could be your everyday litter. Could be the urine-filled vessel of a trucker concerned with efficiency. Or it could be the remnant of a mobile meth lab. Fun. As if syringes, garbage, loose concrete, and the usual motley assemblage of disgusting trash on the berm wasn't dangerous enough.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, while no means an epidemic, parts used by amateur drug chemists to make "one-pot" meth in their mobile labs are ending up on the sides of Ohio's roads. The debris causes burns and an array of other fun side-effects.
"It's increased over the past few years. It's a problem we do encounter quite frequently," said Joel Hunt, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation, which oversees the Adopt-A-Highway Program.
The 1,400 groups that participate in the statewide program go through training to recognize clues such as 2-liter soda bottles with tubing, propane tanks, gas cans or cold remedies.
Those items, especially if they're found together, are indicators that criminals used the "one-pot method" to create meth in a mobile lab, and then tossed the supplies out of their vehicle after creating the drug.
The technique has become the primary way of making the drug in Ohio.
According to the report, about 200 meth labs and dumpsites in the Buckeye State have been cleared by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation since October, and they usually investigate one every day. They urge you to call the police if you stumble upon a discarded kit. Or you can just watch the first season of Breaking Bad and take your chances clearing it yourself.
They do note that most incidents occur in Southern Ohio, so, take that for what you will.