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Meth is a dangerous and costly problem for state

May 14th, 2012 8:35 am by Staff Report

Meth is a dangerous and costly problem for state

Despite Tennessee having some of the toughest laws in the country against making methamphetamine, there are still some criminals who are willing to put both themselves and innocent bystanders at risk by cooking this vile concoction. This drug destroys lives, divides families and pollutes entire communities.
Meth is also costly to clean up. And it is usually local taxpayers who are left with the bill for abating what is essentially hazardous waste sites left behind by meth cookers.
Manufacturing meth is both dangerous and stupid. Nonetheless, we are constantly surprised by the number of people who wish to take the risk.
Meth makers jeopardize the lives of family members, as well as place neighbors in danger. Exploding clandestine labs have been known to blow homes right off their foundations. Meth labs also leave toxic chemical residues that can contaminate the environment.
Homeowners have a right to know if a convicted meth offender is living next door. Knowledge is power, and Tennessee’s meth registry is an effective tool for battling this drug problem. The meth offender registry lists a person’s name, date of birth and the crime he or she was convicted of, much like the state’s sex offender registry. To view the meth-offender registry, visit www.tennesseeanytime.org/methor/.

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