Ohio Attorney General unveils new plan to fight illicit drug use

By Rontina McCann – bio | email

UNION TOWNSHIP (FOX19) - Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray is joining forces with Clermont and Highland counties sheriff's departments to fight illicit drug use in the area.

Thursday afternoon, the Attorney General was joined by Clermont County Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg, and representatives from Highland County, Miami Township, Union Township and Pierce Township police at Walgreens in Union Township.

The agencies are together to announce the Face Meth program. It will combine the efforts of law enforcement and retailers to combat methamphetamine use. The program will disburse literature on what it takes to make meth - ingredients like salt, starting fluid, drain cleaner, coffee filters; it is not just Pseudoephedrine.

"Large bulk purchases of those (items) or purchases in combination are a new insight into people who may be cooking meth and this is something we are trying to create broad awareness on," Cordray says.

One hundred kits will go out in Clermont County to stores and 20 in Highland County. Two other areas of Ohio are part of the initial program launch.

In 2010, 12 meth labs were busted in Clermont county. Nearly 50 people indicted for making or using the drug.

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