Bringing Bad

By Leah Kirstein

Published 11/19 2013 07:44PM

Updated 11/19 2013 11:28PM

CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA - For 5 seasons Breaking Bad on AMC captivated audiences. It is being hailed as one of the best shows ever on television.

It centers around Brian Cranston's character Walter White, a chemistry professor, who is diagnosed with cancer and turns to making meth to leave his family financially sound.

The show is now off the air, but available online. WTAJ asked local officials if the popularity of the show had an effect on local meth production.

"Whether it leads into the thing where they lose their life diminish their health lose all their money that's how that always ends up. Movies and television it is what it is. You take it" said Trooper Bruce Morris.

Meth is in our region.

Morris says the most recent encounter with meth he can recall was  September, 26 in Brockway.

"We had Trooper Brad Wilson who was shot during a search warrant served at a residence for a suspected clandestine lab. It's close to home it's every where . That's the problem with it. You never know where. You never know when you never know what's going on" he said.

In August, in Centre County officer arrested a man after items used to make meth were found scattered in a yard.

The process people use to make it can be a danger to everyone living near them.

"The process of making it requires those chemicals to be mixed together. Whether it's going to be the kind of thing in a pressurized vessel that is not designed to take that type of pressure, they're flammable and then, after the production process is over with you have a lot of chemicals left over that are mixed together that are volatile; that are dangerous to life" said Morris.

Case workers from the Clearfield Drug and Alcohol Commission say it can be just as dangerous for consumers.

"The produces can basically use whatever they want" said Megan Witherite.

The high last between 4 and 16 hours.

"It puts a huge strain on the heart so you'll see a huge heart issue as well whether it leads to heart attacks or strokes as well" she said.

They become very anxious, very paranoid. They're up for days. They have insomnia and the meth with actually eat through their skin and they may have scabs and sores on their face and body. It will rot their teeth" adds case manager Carol Jackson.

These are the things officials say you won't see on tv.

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