TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – “Meth, pretty much you use it once, and you’re going to be addicted,” said Indiana State Trooper Weslee Ennis.
The addiction is quickly growing here in the Hoosier state. So much so, that Indiana now ranks number one in the country for meth lab busts.
“We’ve gradually been seeing an increase over the last few years,” said Ennis. “So, it wasn’t a huge surprise.”
Ennis is trained through the DEA to dismantle meth labs. Last year, troopers busted more than 1,800 labs in the state. Of those, 109 were here in our viewing area.
“It’s easy to make, it’s easy to get the products to make it and it’s just an extremely addicting drug,” said Ennis.
He said while the statistic is concerning, it can also be looked at as promising.
“It’s good and bad that we’re number one, because that means we’re finding more labs, that means more people are going to jail and that means more people are being brought to justice that are making this illegal drug,” said Ennis. “It’s a bad thing that we have that many people that we can follow-up on, and do investigations on and find labs.”
Lawmakers have worked to crack down on the meth problem by making medicine containing Pseudoephedrine available by prescription only.
However, State Rep. Sheila Klinker said that hasn’t been enough.
“We did that hoping that it would delay some of the folks who are using Pseudoephedrine to make meth, but I think, unfortunately, they have found other types of ingredients,” said Klinker.
She said lawmakers aren’t giving up on this addictive drug. Controlling the meth problem, she said, will be a big topic of discussion in the next legislative session.
Both Ennis and Klinker said education is key, if we want to control the problem. They said the more educated you are, the better they can do their job.
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