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Study shows meth on rise; area law enforcement continue efforts to stop it

Staff Report • Jan 27, 2013 at 8:32 AM

There’s no way to ignore the strong hold meth has on East Tennessee, and that hold doesn’t seem to be loosening, according to a recent state study.

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office’s report released this month shows that, despite a law restricting the amount of ephedrine-based medications a person can purchase, the number of meth labs continues to increase in the state.

Tennessee consistently ranks in the top four states for the highest number of meth labs found by law enforcement, according to state and federal statistics. Last year the state documented 1,811 labs. That’s down from the 2,082 labs in 2010, but still one of the highest in the nation.

Press Staff Writer Becky Campbell interviewed local law officers about the meth problem in this region.

Read these officers' comments, including the thoughts of Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes, in Campbell's story in the Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, edition of the Johnson City Press.

Carter County had the most meth lab busts in 2012 with 50. Find out how many labs other counties had, not only last year but in previous years, as well as a discussion on the costs associated with cleanup of these labs. Campbell's story also includes information on how the law restricting ephedrine-based medications works and what may happen this year in the Tennessee General Assembly regarding meth.

Campbell's story starts on the front page.

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