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Latest news: 09-28-2010

Meth decline not linked to ad campaign

Billings, MT - A new study concludes that a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign to deter youths from trying methamphetamines has failed to speed up a long-standing decline in the drug's use. Economics researcher D. Mark Anderson of the University of Washington said that abuse of the drug already was on the decline because of more aggressive law enforcement before the high-profile Montana Meth Project began in 2005. Identical programs have since been launched in seven other states: Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Wyoming, Colorado, Hawaii and Georgia. Using billboards and other advertisements that link meth abuse to teen prostitution, crime, self-injury and death, the campaign has been trumpeted as a success by many politicians and law enforcement officials.

Full story, KLEW-TV

Ind. meth home decontamination database delayed

Indianapolis, IN -- A push to create a database of homes contaminated with dangerous chemicals left behind by the making of methamphetamine likely won't get off the ground this year, supporters said. The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute was tasked with generating and maintaining a list of affected homes based on information provided by state police and county health departments. But organization President T. Neil Moore told 6News' Rafael Sanchez that the initiative likely won't happen this year.
Quantcast "We will not see a list this budget year because of the fact we have so many other priorities," he said.

Full story, WRTV-TV

Ky. legislation could change ease of making meth

Local law enforcement believes that the medications needed to make meth are too easy for meth manufacturers to obtain. "The one item you have to have to make methamphetamines is pseudoephedrine, so if we can eliminate that, then we can eliminate meth labs," says Tommy Loving, Director of the Bowling Green, Warren County Drug Task Force. Even with current safe guards in place meth manufacturers still find it easy to obtain pseudoephedrines by exploiting the system meant to track the purchase of the medications.

Full story, WBKO-TV

'Backpack meth labs' on the rise

Spencer County, KY -- It's a new trend when it comes to the war on drugs: Law enforcement officials are seeing more of what they call "backpack meth labs." "What's happening right now is backpacks are the choice of transportation and concealment for these methamphetamine labs," said Detective Kyle Bennett with the Spencer County Sheriff's Department. The new choice of transportation for shake-and-bake meth labs have turned up in Spencer County. "They're actually cooking the meth labs in the backpacks, setting them on the side of the road and coming back and picking them up," Bennett said..

Full story, WLKY-TV

Meth from Mexico smuggled in car batteries

CO - Undercover officers report they have busted a drug ring that smuggled methamphetamine from Mexico in car batteries, then sold it in Northern Colorado. In fact, most of the sales to undercover drug officers, which resulted in the indictment of nine people, occurred at The Promenade Shops at Centerra. None of the suspects live in Northern Colorado, but they are accused of selling up to 50 pounds per month of the toxic drug in Denver and Larimer County. “It’s huge,” said Sgt. Gary Shaklee of the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force. “They were bringing multi-pounds into Larimer County on a regular basis.”

Full story, Reporter-Herald

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