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Missouri Sees Some Improvement In Fighting Meth

Missouri is no longer the methamphetamine capital of the United States, according to new data.
(OZARK, Mo.) Missouri is no longer the methamphetamine capital of the United States.

According to Drug Enforcement Agency statistics and a map from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Show-Me State had less methamphetamine incidents last year than Indiana and Tennessee.

"We've continued to see meth labs shrink," Sgt. Jason Grellner, the vice president of the National Narcotic Officers' Associations' Coalition, said.

Grellner said the 25 percent drop year-over-year from 2012 marks the first time that Missouri had less meth incidents than any other state since records were first kept in 2001.

"That is due to in large part to the communities around Missouri, and that is now 72 communities, that have passed ordinances requiring a prescription for pseudoephedrine," Grellner said by phone.

"It's having an affect but it's not going to alleviate the problem," Christian County Sheriff Joey Kyle said.

Kyle says ordinances requiring pseudoephedrine, like the one in Ozark, may limit the amount of meth labs.

"If it was to drop off the face of the earth tomorrow, I think you'd see a definite drop in crime," Kyle said.

But the sheriff said it's likely addicts will find other methods or means for meth.

"If they can't get it this way, they'll get it a different way. If they can't make the drugs themselves on a one-pot method, they're going to rely more on the Mexican meth," Kyle said.
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