Hell’s Angels and fallen televangelists. Cross-country truckers and suburban mothers. Trailer parks, urban clubs, college campuses, and military battle?elds. Methamphetamine is the stimulant wiring every corner of American culture.Like cocaine and heroin, meth was ?rst synthesized for medicinal purposes. By the 1940s, it was a wonder drug used to treat depression, hyperactivity, obesity, epilepsy, asthma, and addictions to other drugs and alcohol. But meth truly exploded years later when biker gang cooks using burners, beakers, and plastic tubes brought their expertise to remote rural areas where the drug could be manufactured in kitchen labs. Acclaimed journalist Frank Owen follows users, cooks, dealers, doctors, and cops to uncover the dramatic story taking place in cities, small towns, and farm communities across America. No Speed Limit is a panoramic, high-octane investigation by a journalist who knows ?rsthand the powerful highs and frightening lows of meth.
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“Intensely researched, fascinating . . . Owen’s account is refreshingly clearheaded and free of hysteria.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)“At once compelling and unsettling . . . disturbing, haunting, memorable, and at times morbidly funny.” —Kirkus Reviews
FRANK OWEN has been a journalist for ?fteen years, writing for Playboy, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Newsday, The Washington Post, Spin, Details, and Vibe, among other publications. His critically acclaimed book Clubland: The Fabulous Rise and Murderous Fall of Club Culture, was published in 2003 by St. Martin’s Press. He lives in New York.