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.
The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports that 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.
One-hundred-thirty thousand dollars. That’s the average hospital cost of treating someone who has suffered burns in a meth lab fire—60% more than other burn patients. On top of that, most meth patients are uninsured.