Thursday Marks National Meth Awareness Day

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

President Bush enacted the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 to try and make it harder for people to make meth. President Bush also made Thursday National Methamphetamine Awareness Day to help spread the word. President Bush says through National Methamphetamine Awareness Day he hopes to spread the word on the dangers of using and making meth.

Here locally, UNITE officials have been working for years with local law enforcement to decrease the amount of meth in Eastern Kentucky and while they say the numbers are down, there may be an increase in the near future.

Harry Nicholson was born and raised in Eastern Kentucky, but Nicholson says times have changed as he lives down the road from where a meth lab exploded years ago.

"As I was growing up, we heard of these things and we said well, it'll be in New York, California, it'll never come to this part. But it's in Jackson County today, its in Laurel County, it's all over Kentucky," said Nicholson.

UNITE officials say the manufacturing and use of methamphetamine has decreased in Eastern Kentucky partially because of the 2005 law that moved pseudo-ephedrine behind pharmacy counters.

"I think we're having a big impact on it. We've done under cover buys and we're also checking the pharmacy logs," said UNITE Cumberland Task Force Manager Joel Cuningan.

But Cuningan says the cold winter months usually bring an increase in the number of meth labs they bust.

"Because they're moving inside and then if the labs blow up or the neighbors start smelling the chemicals and stuff, then we'll get more reports," Cuningan says.

And Nicholson says the best way for a community to get involved is to report meth labs.

"They should get involved and report and call. If they're afraid, there is always somebody they can talk to where they can get that information out," Nicholson said.

Nicholson says he and other people in the area suspect there was a meth lab in their neighbor's home but they did not report it in time.

If you believe someone is using or making meth in your area, you can help by calling the UNITE Drug Tip Line at 866-424-4382.

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