7:27 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Meth Bust Nabs Dozens In Seven Area Counties

A meth lab bust in Barren County, Kentucky
Credit Barren-Edmonston Drug Task Force

Kentucky State Police say they've busted a large scale methamphetamine drug syndicate in south-central Kentucky. Twenty eight people are charged with engaging in organized crime.

They were arrested after a three year investigation into drug trafficking in counties that include Allen, Warren, Barren, Metcalfe, Cumberland, Powell and Monroe.

The Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement unit led the investigation.

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1:39 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Tennessee Governor Announces Anti-Meth Legislation

Nearly 1,700 meth labs were broken up in Tennessee in 2013.
Credit Barren County Drug Task Force

Governor Bill Haslam is proposing legislation that would require a prescription for more than a 20-day supply of cold medicines that are used to make methamphetamine.

The Republican governor said Thursday that the bill is meant to target the purchase of large amounts of medicines from a variety of stores, which is known as "smurfing."

The monthly amount of cold medicines like Sudafed that could be purchased without a prescription is the equivalent to the average total purchased by Tennesseans each year.

Haslam's office noted that 268 children were removed from their homes last year due to meth-related incidents and nearly 1,700 meth labs were seized.

9:15 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Mysterious Duffel Bag Raises Drug Concerns in Somerset

A duffel bag found in a Somerset cemetary is raising concerns about possible illegal meth production. Somerset Police Sgt. Mike Correll says someone left the satchel at the Somerset City Cemetary over the weekend. Authorities found multiple components needed to make methamphetamine in the bag. Correll called the discovery a chilling sign of what could be the new place to hide active meth labs.

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Impact of Meth Series
9:40 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Injuries from Meth Lab Fires in Region Causing Explosive Emergency Room Costs

The inside of a meth lab discovered by police in Barren County, Kentucky.
Barren County Drug Task Force

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.

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10:05 am
Wed May 23, 2012

In Tennessee, a Mixed Bag When it Comes to Crime Rates

Drug crimes in Tennessee have risen to their second-highest number in eleven years. That comes despite the fact that overall crime rates in the Volunteer State are dropping. On the one hand, Tennessee has experienced four years of general crime declines. On the other hand, the Tennessean reports that drug-related incidents are on the rise throughout the state.

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Series on Meth in Kentucky
3:34 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Barren County Man Reveals Realities of Meth Addiction and Recovery

Chris Thomason, former meth addict and Barren County Drug Court graduate

Forty-two year old Chris Thomason of Glasgow was once what he calls “a model citizen” who coached Little League, held a management level position at a local factory, and earned a decent living. Then he started smoking meth, and he lost everything.

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Fighting Meth in Kentucky
1:00 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Meth's Damage to Mind and Body Unlike Any Other Drug

Meth can be smoked, swallowed, snorted, and injected.

One reason methamphetamine is wreaking havoc on our region is the highly addictive nature of the drug. Meth impacts the brain in ways other drugs don’t, making it much easier for users to become addicts, and much harder for addicts to give up the habit.

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Fighting Meth in Kentucky
8:25 am
Tue March 20, 2012

New PSE Bill Expected to Pass Full Kentucky House

After a week of negotiations, the House Judiciary Committee has passed an amended version of a bill that would regulate pseudoephedrine. The drug—often called PSE—is a key ingredient in allergy medicines, but it is also used to make methamphetamine. In the fight against meth, lawmakers have long debated various proposals to control PSE.

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House Leadership Supporting Senate Version
11:28 am
Tue March 6, 2012

PSE Bill to Stay Intact in House

A proposal that limits the amount of pseudoephedrine consumers can buy in a month could make it out the state House of Representatives intact. The Senate passed a bill last week that would limit consumers to seven point two grams of pseudoephedrine every month, or roughly two boxes of cold medicine.

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