The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) estimates that in 30 percent of drug busts for methamphetamine in the United States, children are present in the household. For local busts, police officers at the city level claim that in children are present in 90 percent of the meth busts.
According to a report by the Government Accountability Office, there were roughly 15,000 clandestine meth labs identified across the United States in 2010, double the number of labs discovered in 2007.
In 2011, the DEA reported that it identified over 11,000 clandestine meth houses.
The GAO report found that the state of Tennessee had the most home meth labs in the country, with 2,326 labs discovered in 2011. State records also show that 1,625 children in Tennessee were taken into state custody during a 5 year span due to their parents being involved with methamphetamine.
Production of smaller batches of meth has been increasing in the United States due to new cooking methods. Using a 2-liter bottle, meth users combine nasal decongestant (pseudoephedrine) with lithium batteries (for the lithium), cold packs (Ammonia Nitrate), engine starter (ether) and water to create methamphetamine.
Source: Deborah Hasting, “Children are the silent and small victims of skyrocketing number of home meth labs,” New York Daily News, July 24, 2013.