Monday, October 13, 2008

Meth Fueling Illegal Artifacts Trade

According to a new article, methamphetamine addiction is apparently behind the increased illegal trade in artifacts, at least in and around Oregon. The state has even initiated an operation to combat it, called Operation Bring 'Em Back.

While artifacts collection and trade is sometimes considered politically incorrect, there is a legal market for it. You can discover arrowheads and other historical artifacts quite by accident, and a concerted search for them will often turn up at least a few things. But apparently, meth-heads are going so far as to violate gravesites and worse just to find the artifacts they are illegally trading.

Methamphetamine is a terrible drug and addicts can rarely kick the habit. The average lifespan of a meth addict is about seven years.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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