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Is 'Breaking Bad' Influencing The Real-Life Meth Trade?

11 October 2012 11:33 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

New York -- News of drug cartels mass-producing souped-up methamphetamine – that's the latest word as reported by The Associated Press, and it sounds pretty scary.

But haven't we heard this story before? Like on "Breaking Bad," the AMC network's addictive drama series?

Take a look at the real-life drug biz. Then compare it to the saga of fictitious Walter White, the timid-chemistry-teacher-turned-masterful-drug-lord of "Breaking Bad." Real life seems to be reflecting art. Or is it the other way around?

Just consider ...

The product:

_ Today's newly potent meth has a tell-tale bluish-white color, and it's purer than ever: as high as 88 percent. No wonder! "Shake-and-bake" pushers are deferring to the experts. Recipes have been developed by professional chemists.

_ Walter White, in his newly assumed alter ego of Heisenberg, has flooded the market with a product renowned for its distinctive blue color. And acclaimed for its high quality: 99 percent pure. No wonder! »

- AP

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