By Jeff Todd
Amarillo, TX- A significant issue is on the rise.
A new way to make methamphetamine called shake and bake is now giving addicts access to the drug cheaper than ever.
Amarillo police say there is a direct link between methamphetamine and crime.
It could even be a bigger problem in smaller towns like Stinnett and Pampa.
But now, large labs aren't being used anymore.
Shake and bake meth gets rid of burners and noxious gasses.
"Anything that makes methamphetamine easier to get is bad, anything that makes it cheaper, and easier to manufacture is bad. Because the drug is so bad," said Sgt. Brent Barbee with the Amarillo Police Departments Crime Prevention Unit.
Local meth experts say this new form of making the drug could cause massive issues for the community.
Aside from the crime, some are expecting other malicious changes.
"Addicts back on the rise. We're going to see more people addicted which means more people needing treatment more families being abused," said Jason Permenter, a drug tester.
Permenter also works with the local group called Panhandle Mother's Against Methamphetamine.
They say this new form of meth could be devastating and the only way to stop it is with education and prevention.