Indiana ranked #1 in U.S. Meth Busts

Published 04/02 2014 10:17PM

Updated 04/03 2014 08:18AM

New numbers from the Drug Enforcement Agency show meth addiction is growing across the country, especially in the Hoosier State. In fact, numbers from 2013 show Indiana leads the nation in meth lab seizures.

Noble County Sheriff Doug Harp says his officers found 66 meth labs in 2013. That's the most out of any county in the state. Across Indiana, authorities found about 1,800 meth labs last year. 

State leaders are proposing to make a key meth ingredient called pseudophedrine a prescription drug. Republican state representative Ben Smaltz of Auburn authored a measure to require prescriptions this session, but it failed to get a hearing in the house. 

Representative Smaltz tells WFFT he plans to re-address the pseudophedrine law in the 2015 legislative session. Meanwhile, Sheriff Harp says he is considering changes to the way officers seize meth labs.

If you suspect a neighbor might be making meth you can anonymously call the Indiana State Police Meth Hotline which is 1-800-453-4756.

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