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If access to cocaine, heroin, and other drugs is limited in rural areas then it is also likely that the prevalence of methamphetamine in rural regions is linked to consumer demand. Manufacturing methamphetamine is relatively simple, and in some ways easier than traveling to a distant city to procure drugs. The drug is also fairly inexpensive to make yet can supplement incomes through its sale on the black market. Drug and alcohol abuse is relatively common in rural areas, even those with few cocaine or heroin problems ("Meth a Growing Menace in Rural America" 2004). Ennui may be one factor driving individuals to drugs. Other explanations include the breakdown of families and social isolation, which lead to anomie and deviant behaviors. Poverty in rural areas might also fuel the methamphetamine trade.
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