Monday, February 28, 2011

Missouri tops meth list

Missouri ranks first again for the number of methamphetamine laboratory seizures, according to a release from the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Missouri has the highest number of meth labs, despite efforts by law enforcement agents. Missouri had 1,960 lab seizures in 2010, a 10 percent increase from 2009 and a 53 percent increase from 2007.

Captain Tim Hull says Missouri is enticing to meth creators because of its many rural areas, which are located right outside of major cities like Kansas City and St. Louis.

New regulations by municipalities that require a prescription to buy pseudoephedrine will curb the ability of people to produce meth, Hull said. Pseudoephedrine is the key ingredient in meth.

"All those are just tools in our toolbox to fight that particular problem of meth. It's a continual battle and it's just going to have to continually change," Hull said.

Jefferson County had the highest number of meth lab seizures, followed by Franklin County.

Rachel Weatherford, KRCU


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