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A Guide to Finding Government and Legal Information

Web version of this guide includes links to web resources.

Search Tips:

Mix and match these terms in searching the library catalog, WestCat , or use them to search journal articles and law reviews via the library's Databases page. You can also use them to search government information sites listed on our Starting Points page - click the tab and pay particular attention to the Top Six.

  • methamphetamine
  • meth
  • crystal meth
  • ice (drug)
  • abuse
  • shake and bake
  • pseudoephedrine
  • phenyl-2-propanone
  • precursor
  • effects
  • statistics
  • prevention

Related Topics:
  • illegal drugs
  • drug trafficking

An important source for many research topics is Congress. Congressional committees and subcommittees hold hearings on a wide variety of controversial and timely subjects. Simply add the word "hearing?" to a search string in WestCat .

Search Engines

Google and StartPage
Use these search engines to search for government information by typing "site:gov" in the search box preceding your search terms:

  • site:gov "crystal meth"
  • site:mil methamphetamine
  • Need images for your presentation? Just Google "faces of meth"
Law Review Articles and Annotations

Law reviews are an important resource for legal topics like this one. They can lead you to laws and cases as well as discuss legal theory. A few law journals are indexed in multidisciplinary databases, but the best bang for your buck will be to search Nexis Uni for full-text access to many hundreds of law reviews.

Federal Government Information
Meth Revisited: Review of State and Federal Efforts to Solve the Domestic Methamphetamine Production Resurgence

The testimony in this hearing discusses the effect that tracking pseudoephedrine and ephedrine purchasers has had on the manufacture, trafficking, and use of meth. 2012

Methamphetamine Use: Lessons Learned

This report details the effects of meth use on the body, the history of meth in the U.S., and the impact of meth on rural law enforcement. 2006

Pushing Back Against Meth: a Progress Report on the Fight Against Methamphetamine in the United States

This document offers a state-by-state look at the effect of state laws working in concert with the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act. 2006

Methamphetamine Addiction, Treatment, and Outcomes: Implications for Child Welfare Workers

This report discusses the effects of meth addiction, both physically and psychologically, on abusers and their born and unborn children. and Child Safety.pdf

Synthetic Drug Control Strategy: a Focus on Methamphetamine and Prescription Drug Abuse

This document looks at the effects of local and state drug control strategies on synthetic drug production and use. 2006

State Approaches Taken to Control Access to Key Methamphetamine Ingredient Show Varied Impact on Domestic Drug Labs

An initial three-year decline in American meth production as a result of the increased difficulty of obtaining pseudoephedrine has been overcome by 'smurfing' and alternate methods of production.

Methamphetamine: Legislation and Issues in the 110th Congress

This report discusses recent federal law and legislation affecting the meth trade. 2008

Illinois Government Information
Is Meth Next Door?

This pamphlet briefly describes what to look for (or smell for) in your neighborhood indicative of an operating meth lab.
ILLINOIS. 362.299 ISME 2007

The Impact of Methamphetamine on Illinois Communities: an Ethnography

This research bulletin describes the costs of meth production and use to small communities and local law enforcement agencies. 2004

Legal Information
Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act

This act covers possession of meth precursors and chemicals, participation in manufacture, use of property, meth-related child endangerment, trafficking, delivery, possession, forfeiture, conspiracy, etc.
720 ILCS 646/

Methamphetamine Precursor Control Act

This act limits the amount of pseudoephedrine that an individual may purchase both at time of purchase and per month.
720 ILCS 648/

Methamphetamine Precursor Tracking Act

This act established an electronic database for tracking purchasers of products containing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine.
720 ILCS 649/

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