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Hazard pt. 1

Shit like this only happens in the movies.

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You’ve never been covered in this much blood before. Hell, you’re not sure how much of it is your blood, anyways. Oh well, it all looks really cool and really freaky when it’s splattered along the shower walls. You’ve been in the shower for the past hour, scrubbing away all the crimson that’s tainted your smooth skin. It even got in your hair.

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An uneasy love for “Breaking Bad” in Albuquerque

“Breaking Bad,” the wildly popular television series that came to an end last year, brought the city of Albuquerque to the world’s attention, not only bringing the city revenue during its filming, but sparking a deluge of tourism related spending.

Shops sell through bags of candy made to look like the meth cooked in the show, t-shirts and hats bearing references to the series and there was even an obituary printed for a character in the Albuquerque Journal.

But there’s a darker side to the show’s popularity. There’s a reason “Breaking Bad” was set where it was: Albuquerque is known as the meth capital of the Southwest.

Law enforcement officials and social service agencies question such an attitude in a state that has one of the nation’s highest rates of overdose deaths from prescription medications. In 2008, when the series began, one-third of all criminal cases in Bernalillo County were connected to meth use, sales or related crimes.

Today, “Breaking Bad” tours pass county drug detox centers filled with addicts.

Read the full story in our latest Column One feature right here.

Photos: John Glionna / Los Angeles Times