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Meth Awareness Seminar Is Held

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

Methamphetamine labs are still a big problem in parts of the region and law enforcement officials want you to know how to spot one.

A meth awareness seminar was held in Clay County.

UNITE officials say meth comes in all shapes and sizes and many people don't know what to look for.

“If there was ever a banquet in Hell, meth is the banquet,” A local preacher said.

Operation UNITE officials say out of the twenty nine counties they cover in eastern Kentucky Laurel, Jackson, and Clay have the biggest problem with meth.

Many people in Clay County want that to change.

So with pens in hand they listened to an undercover UNITE officer show them the many forms of meth and how to stay away from it.

For security purposes, the officer's identity is concealed.

“Each of them are something different but remember that if you got something that has a hose taped in it or welled in it or sealed in or something like this you got a problem,” Undercover UNITE Officer said.

Police say it was vital to have the seminar now with more and more people already outside in the sun gardening and cutting the grass in areas where meth could be.

People who came to the seminar say they are more aware.

“I really wanted to know what these young people were doing in the county. I'd heard about meth labs all over like Laurel County, Clay County, Jackson County especially,” Anthony Miller said.

Here are some warning signs that there may be a meth lab in your neighborhood:
• A strong odor of solvents, acids or ammonia.
• Homes with windows blacked out
• Iodine or chemical stained bathroom or kitchen fixtures
• Increased activity, especially at night
• Excessive trash.

If you notice any of these signs, you should call police.


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