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Kentucky Meth Labs Reach All Time High

Date of News Release: 11/24/2010

Chart depicts meth lab incidents in Kentucky

(Frankfort, Ky.) (Nov. 24, 2010) -- As the methods for illegally obtaining the ingrediants to create methamphetamine evolve, it becomes easier to manufacture meth and law enforcement is seeing a spike in meth lab incidents. Kentucky State Police (KSP) released the October methamphetamine lab statistics today and the number indicates an all-time high in the Commonwealth. KSP reports that there were 111 meth labs found during the month of October, exceeding all previous monthly totals, bringing the 2010 statewide total to 919.

The last record was set in 2009, when 741 labs were discovered during the course of a year. The state is on track to exceed 1,000 meth labs this year.

Methamphetamine is not just a Kentucky problem. Occurrences of meth labs have been on the rise across the country and states are scrambling to find solutions.

KSP advises that if you suspect someone is making meth or you encounter a meth lab, call 1-800 DOPETIP (1-800-367-3847). Callers can remain anonymous. For more information, visit the KSP website at www.kentuckystatepolice.org.

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