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  1. Case Study: Meth Epidemic Video (PBS Frontline, 2006) • History of methamphetamine use and distribution in U.S. • Example of “sociological imagination:” applying societal level analysis to individual problem (meth addiction) • Reporter for The Oregonian analyzed trends in rehab rates – found similarities in all states

  2. Case Study: Meth Epidemic Video(PBS Frontline, 2006) • Drug addiction is individual problem, yet rates are consistent and predictable at state level • Rates coincided with purity of meth produced • Purity depended on access to ephedrine • Small operations – used cold medications • “super” labs – bought directly from drug manufacturers • Increased drug companies’ profits

  3. Case Study: Meth Epidemic Video(PBS Frontline, 2006) • Meth use was social problem in Oregon • 85% of property crime • 50% of kids in foster care: parents were addicts • Children exposed to chemicals, worked in labs • DEA was given little support to fight it • Drug companies were making big profits • Globalization of trade – Mexico, Canada, India • When supply of materials was cut in U.S., drug cartels bought from other countries

  4. Case Study: Meth Epidemic Video(PBS Frontline, 2006) • Concepts illustrated by this video • Theories that fit: strain, rational choice, conflict • Increase in incarceration rates – due to drugs? • Organized crime – powerful, interconnected with legitimate institutions • Globalization of crime, economic impact of crime