Meth Labs In Eastern Kentucky

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Police say three Eastern Kentucky counties, Laurel, Clay, and Jackson, are the worst in the state when it comes to the number of meth labs. In fact, just this week, police busted a meth lab in Laurel County and that's where school administrators are now making sure parents know the tell-tale signs of meth so they can try to keep the drug away from their children.

"We we're four-wheeling, me, my husband, and my daughter, and ran up on a meth lab in the woods," said Lisa Turner.

Turner realizes just how bad the problem is and thanks to a Laurel County Schools workshop, she now knows how to react if her family runs into this again.

"Teach my child not to come up on stuff because it can blow up right then," she said.

Operation UNITE officers say people that make meth often leave parts of their cooking process laying around so they're showing them what to look for.

"If you see a container with a hose, you got a problem," said Joel Cunigan with Operation UNITE.

"Even with a good upbringing, no one's completely sheltered from drugs. It's out there," said Allen Woods.

Woods should know. He just served four years in prison after he was caught operating a meth lab. Woods says despite a good upbringing, he gradual was pulled in.

"Nothing serious about pot, it escalated into more drugs until I found myself making meth," Allen said.

Now he says he's turned his life around and wants to prevent others from going through what he did. Lisa Turner worries about her sixteen year old daughter.

"I try to keep up with her, but you never know who's gonna offer her a drug at school," Turner said.

But she says at least now she knows what to look for.

Because meth is such a problem in Laurel County, officials say they also starting something new called "Meth Watch" where they'll be working closely with businesses to try to get them to help identify suspicious purchases in their stores.

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