Meth lab cases increasing

By: Ashley Reynolds Email
By: Ashley Reynolds Email

New statistics show police have found more than one thousand meth labs this year in Kentucky.

Police say the growing methamphetamine problem is now costing taxpayers 1.5 million dollars this year in Kentucky.

Officers say the man power and tools needed to clean up the labs comes with a hefty price tag.

"Clean up does not mean habitable. It just means taking contaminates that were there and disposing them. As for being livable? No it wouldn't be," said Walt Meachum with Kentucky State Police.

Police say the number of meth labs found has increased nearly 40 percent when compared to just one year ago in 2009.

While the cost of the meth lab problem continues to increase... police say the children are the ones who pay the ultimate price.

"The children do not know any better... they can't help it. It's as bad as it can get. It's destroying families and tearing them a part," said Bruce Bennett, Bell County Sheriff.

Lawmakers are expected to review legislation in the next session supported by several law enforcement agencies that would require a prescription to buy medicines containing pseudoephedrine-a main ingredient used to make meth.

Police say this could dramatically lower the number of meth labs.

Police say the spike in the number meth labs also comes from the one step and shake and bake meth labs.
These labs require fewer ingredients so they are easy to make and transport.

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