For quite some time meth has been troubling states all across the US. In 2013, law enforcement began really cracking down on meth labs everywhere. This led to the realization that the problem was continuing to grow. At that point, Illinois was the fifth worst state in the US for labs. Law enforcement found 673. Ohio came in fourth place with over 1000 labs busted. In Missouri, they found 1,496. Tennessee had 1,616 labs and Indiana was at the top of the list with almost 2,000 labs.
In 2014, Missouri moved to the top of the list for having the worst meth problem in the US. Between dump sites, labs, glassware and chemical seizures, there was a major increase in Missouri's problem. Because of the rise in deaths due to accidental drug overdoses, the state decided that something had to be done to stop production of this drug.
After a serious attempt to rid the state of meth related crime, activity dropped 35% in 2014. In fact, Franklin County Missouri, once considered ground zero for methamphetamine production, is no longer the meth capital of the United States.
One of the biggest reasons they were able to crack down on this problem was the limiting of over the counter sales of cold medicines that have ingredients like pseudoephedrine in them. When meth cookers aren't able to get the ingredients they need easily it's harder for them to mass produce their product.
In 2016, Missouri ranked fifth state in the US for meth production. It took almost a decade but they have finally lowered methamphetamine production. They hope that their efforts have dwindled a high of almost 3000 labs down to around 800.
Now, the meth capitol is in Indiana. The state has struggled for years to crack down on meth production and use. However, they haven't made much headway as of yet. In a close second, Tennessee is also struggling to reduce the number of meth labs and use in their state. That doesn't mean, however, that law enforcement in both states aren't working diligently to ensure they do everything it takes to take down any and all labs they're able to locate.
More than 30,000 people a year die from an accidental drug overdose. This is a serious problem that law-enforcement has been working on for quite some time. Shutting down methamphetamine labs is just one step in the right direction. It's important to bring awareness to this type of drug use and production. It's a great way for the public to better understand how to protect themselves and help law enforcement find meth labs across the country.
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