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Rep. Frye: Meth Lab Seizures On Decline In Southeast Indiana

Posted On March 31, 2017

Press release from the office of State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg)

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – New data released by the Indiana State Police indicates a decline in methamphetamine lab seizures in Southeast Indiana, according to State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg).

Frye said several counties experienced a drop in meth lab seizures between 2015 and 2016. For example, in Decatur County, meth lab busts went down from 36 to 22 and Jennings County went from 15 to seven.

“Reforms passed by the General Assembly and implemented by law enforcement officials are key to keeping drugs off the streets and Hoosiers safe,” Frye said. “These county statistics, as well as the statewide reports from earlier in the year, indicate that we are moving closer toward the goal of reducing meth labs.”

During the 2016 session, Frye supported a law to combat Indiana’s growing number of meth labs. Frye said the law makes purchasing large amounts of pseudoephedrine, a common decongestant as well as key ingredient used to manufacture meth, more difficult for meth cooks to obtain. The law also empowers local pharmacists to ensure law-abiding consumers maintain legitimate access to these cold medications.

Recently, ISP reported that statewide meth lab busts went down 35 percent in 2016. In addition, the number of children removed from meth lab environments went down nearly half from the 291 cases in 2015. Meth labs can easily catch fire and leave behind toxic contamination, causing costly injuries to first responders and meth cooks, while endangering innocent children and neighbors.