'Breaking Bad' Inspired Blue Meth Sold In New Mexico

By McCarton Ackerman 01/15/14

Authorities are gravely concerned about buyers finding the blue meth 'sexy,' even though it is highly addictive and making users violently ill.

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Sometimes life is stranger than fiction. Methamphetamine distributors in New Mexico are now selling versions of the drug that are a tinted blue color, as inspired by the series Breaking Bad, which was filmed in the state. Spokesman Kevin Abar of the federal Department of Homeland Security in Albuquerque said that the tinted meth is a way for dealers to advertise and brand their product. Because the meth has been cut with chemicals specifically designed to make it blue, some reports have surfaced of users becoming violently ill after taking it.

“It’s actually being moved and pushed by various distributors. It’s truly bad,” said Abar. “We’re concerned that individuals may find it sexy and want to try it and utilize the drug and it’s very addictive.”

However, it’s not the first time that versions of meth inspired by Breaking Bad have hit the streets. In 2010, police in Kansas City, MO, warned residents that blue meth knock-offs were infiltrating the city and being sold for 50 percent more than the colorless variety despite being equal in strength. Oklahoma City officials confiscated $2.3 million worth of the blue meth last October.

Breaking Bad ended its run last September after five seasons on the air. The following month, hundreds of people gathered in Albuquerque for a mock funeral to lay Walter White to rest, which ended up raising $17,000 for charity.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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