Cartel-Made Crystal Meth On The Rise In New England

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Opioids are still the number one drug when it comes to addiction in New England, but another one is sneaking into usage.

John DeLena is an assocaiteJohn DeLena is an associate special agent in charge of the John DeLena is an associate special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Agency's New England division. Although opioids are fentanyl are commonly used, he said there's a new substance making its way into the area: cartel-made crystal meth.

DeLena said this meth is not traditionally seen in New England, but that the uptick is driven by dealers, not those addicted.

"They're marketing it to these users saying, 'if you're in the lows of a fentanyl use, take some methamphetamine and that will help get you to where you need to be next," DeLena said.

One of the goals of getting this informations out is so people caring for those with substance abuse issues can be on alert.

"We're seeing a toxic combination, that we've really never seen before," DeLena said.

WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports

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