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Meth labs reach record highs in Kentucky

By Brad Underwood – bio | email

BURLINGTON, KY (FOX 19) – Kentucky State Police say the Commonwealth has a major meth problem.

In 2009, Kentucky State Police busted 717 meth labs. As of November 30, 2010, 919 labs have been discovered and that number is expected to keep rising. Methamphetamine is not just a Kentucky problem, but in the tri state its stats overpower Indiana and Ohio.

"It's a tough battle to be honest with you," said Tom Scheben of the Boone County Sheriff's department.

 Many meth cookers are now using fewer ingredients, making smaller batches and manufacturing the drug on the go. It is not just a rural farm lab setting anymore.

"Just last week they arrested a kid with a meth lab in his backpack," said Scheben.

Grocery stores and pharmacies are making it harder to buy the key ingredients in bulk. There are tighter restrictions and monitoring systems to track how much over the counter medication you are buying.

However, the rules don't gel between states.

"We can track how much a patient is using to make sure that they are staying within normal limits," said Pharmacist Jeff Danhauer.

At this point, Kentucky State Police believe they will exceed 1000 meth lab busts before the end of the year.

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