Trend Alert: Meth Burn Treatment Costs Closing Down Burn Units

ST. LOUIS — Thousands of uninsured burn patients are being hospitalized due to a new, crude method of making methamphetamine. The cost of treating these patients has contributed to the closure of some burn units.

“Shake-and-bake” meth is created by combining unstable ingredients in a 2-liter soda bottle, the Associated Press reports. Removing the cap too soon or puncturing the bottle can lead to an explosion.

A study by doctors at a burn center in Michigan found that the average meth patient’s hospital stay costs $130,000, which is 60% more than other burn victims.

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