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Akron is the fifth largest city in Ohio with a population of 199,110 according to the 2010 Census. It is located in the great lakes region. The climate is humid continental with four distinct seasons. The city is full of diverse architecture due to the merging of towns and industry boom. Akron was founded in 1825 during the development of Ohio and the Erie Canal by Paul Williams and General Simon Perkins. The name Akron is derived from the Greek word meaning high point or summit.
Akron is considered to be one of America’s pioneer cities. Nicknames for the city include “The Rubber City”, “Tire City” and “City of Invention”. It is called “The Rubber City” due the invention of the first synthetic rubber tire. The nickname “Tire City” comes from the fact that Akron was once home to all four major tire companies including Firestone, Goodyear, Goodrich and General Tire. “City of Invention” refers to the large amount of inventions that have come from Akron, Ohio including ice cream cones, hamburgers, caramel corn, synthetic rubber tires, the first breakfast cereal, and alcoholics anonymous. Many major industries in the nation were either founded or influenced by the city.
Akron is the biggest small business incubator in the state and one of the largest in the world. It is also home to Polymer Valley which is world renowned as the center for polymer research and development. Akron is also a popular tourist destination and host to many annual festivals including the “Rib, White & Blue” food festival and the “National Hamburger Festival”. Sadly Akron is also known for being home to many methamphetamine manufacturers.
Akron, Ohio ranked 3rd in the nation for registered meth sites
Akron, Ohio has been struggling with a problem with methamphetamines for some time now. It has received the nickname “Meth Capital of Ohio” due to the large amount of registered meth sites in the city. Akron has the third highest amount of registered meth sites in the country.
It is believed that much of the manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamines is done by outlaw motorcycle gangs, local criminal groups and to some extent, Mexican criminal groups. The Akron Police Department is constantly stopping meth labs throughout the city but it is an ongoing battle. On average three meth labs are found every month. The Akron Police Department has an entire task force dedicated to ridding the city of methamphetamines and meth houses. The police have also reached out to local businesses so they may help in the fight against methamphetamines. They educate the businesses on how to identify possible methamphetamine manufacturers and how to prevent them from buying products from their businesses.
Methamphetamine is also known as ice, crystal meth, meth, mollie, crank, tik and annie. It is a psychostimulant in the amphetamine class of psychoactive drugs. Methamphetamine is used medicinally to treat ADHD and was once used to treat obesity and narcolepsy but has since grown out of popularity. The effects of methamphetamine include intense euphoria, alertness, increased energy, anorexia, dry mouth, head ache, anxiety, paranoia, insomnia, and twitching.
Methamphetamines can also be crudely made by using common household products and over the counter medicines. It can be made in a home, car, basement or even a closet. The place where the methamphetamine is produced is referred to as a meth lab. Meth labs are extremely dangerous. They emit hazardous chemicals that contaminate the building and everything in it including people, furniture, floors, walls, clothing and toys. The contamination may last weeks to years and can harm anyone who comes in contact with the building or items that were in the building. Meth labs also commonly explode due to the chemical process involved in producing methamphetamine. This poses a threat to anyone who lives in or near a meth lab.