Police: Meth is reaching epidemic levels

It's killing people and tearing families apart!

Police in Kentucky say the meth problem is reaching epidemic proportions.

Phil Pendleton went along with police in southern Kentucky as they searched for meth labs.

He soon found out that police are overwhelmed with a drug that's so easily made, but so hard to stop.

A typical day for police from local to federal agencies is to fan out in search of illegal stuff.

This is called a special detail into alleged meth labs and it didn't take long for police to find the bad stuff.

It takes a special suit for agents to arm themselves before the cleanup can begin.

At this spot, police found more than 20 individual one step labs or smokers.

Police say they might go on details like this every couple of days to months but they honestly believe they could find something like this every day.

Police made two arrests.

Police say the process of making meth is so simple almost anyone can do it.

The highly addictive, mind altering drug can be made in a matter of moments and some are even making it in cars while they're driving down the road.

Kentucky State Police estimate each meth lab incident will cost $2,000 to clean up. On this detail, police found three separate incidents…within just 3 hours. That's a $6,000 price tag that somebody has to pay.

Labs are being found all over Kentucky and it's not limited to one kind or class of people.

For these people, it's all in a day’s work.

All of them would tell you, they would much rather be doing something else.

The Kentucky legislature passed a law that Operation UNITE believes will slow down meth labs because it limits the amount of pseudoephedrine a person can buy.

They do not believe the law is strong enough to stop the problem entirely.


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