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Meth Filling Hospitals with Burn Patients

Influx of patients is overwhelming hospitals and becoming a major factor in the closure of some burn wards.

Monday, January 23, 2012

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A crude new method of making methamphetamine poses a risk even to Americans who never get anywhere near the drug: It is filling hospitals with thousands of uninsured burn patients requiring millions of dollars in advanced treatment — a burden so costly that it's contributing to the closure of some burn units.

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