Officials: Meth Labs in Ky. Declining

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - A report from the Kentucky Drug Control Policy Office says the number of methamphetamine labs found in the state in 2012 has dropped after a peak year.

The report lists 1,060 labs being discovered last year, a slight drop from the peak year of 1,233 found in 2011. Until last year, the number of meth labs located had increased each year since 2008.

Officials can't point to any one reason why meth lab discoveries declined last year but say a contributing factor could be that state law changed last year to limit the amount of pseudoephedrine a person can purchase without a prescription.

Pseudoephedrine is the key ingredient in locally produced methamphetamine.

The law limits the amount of pseudoephedrine, a common cold and allergy medicine, a person can purchase without a prescription to 24 grams a year.


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