Methamphetamine use has declined over the past couple of years, but it's still a big problem in America. The 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that more than 350,000 people used the drug regularly. The Drug Enforcement Agency arrested nearly 31,000 people, reporting 10,000 meth lab incidents that year. It's a nasty drug that tends to leave behind a trail of withered bodies and charred buildings.
Breaking Bad gives people who don't use meth a glimpse into the lifestyle surrounding it, but like any TV show, it can only say so much, with only so much accuracy. Redditor HeisenbergSpecial says he was the real deal. A polymer chemist who, not unlike Walt White, used his training to cook meth. He was arrested when police found a mysterious white powdery substance in his car.