Police: appearance of meth has gone up in EKY

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Officials said this is a trend they do not want to see continue, but they are worried that methamphetamine is going to keep showing up in more and more eastern Kentucky communities.

“It's coming, and it's here,” said Perry County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Tony Eversole.

Police said they feared it would happen in Perry County.

“We get probably an average of two complaints a week,” said Eversole.

Methamphetamine is a drug many said is all too available.

“One step meth labs, that has spread across our region like wildfire,” said Karen Kelly, President and CEO of Operation UNITE.

Drug officials and law enforcement agree the high profit margin and quickness to prepare the drug have made it attractive to several abusers.

“It's easy to get I mean there's still basic ingredients that you can get over the counter,” said Eversole.

“You can take about close to 100 dollars worth of ingredients and make about a thousand dollars,” said Kelly.

While places like Laurel County have seen it for quite some time, experts said patterns are spreading.

“One or two meth cooks will go into that community, teach other people how to cook and what the process is. then all of the sudden, you may see one meth lab here, one meth lab there and then you turn around and six weeks later, you're finding it in every nook and cranny in the community,” said Kelly.

Police said they were waiting for it.

“Everybody says it heads East, we knew it was coming, but it's definitely getting more prevalent now,” said Eversole.

The most common trend is the newest method to cook, the one-step meth lab.

“95 percent of all the meth labs we see nowadays are these one step labs that are made in a mountain dew bottle for example,” said Kelly.

Officials said it can often be linked to overdose deaths.

“Most of the time, methamphetamine is not typically the first drug you use, it's usually the last,” said Kelly.

Kelly said the life expectancy of someone who begins to make meth is around 10 years and that of a user is around five to seven.

Kelly said it is something that everyone should be concerned about...

“It's a huge issue not just to the addict who is using the meth, but to the community,” said Kelly.
“It's toxic and it's dangerous.”

Kelly said legislation goes into effect later this month that will limit the amount pseudoephedrine people can buy, which is the one key ingredient in meth that cannot be substituted.

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