Kosciusko County Community Leaders Take On Meth Problem

"Meth is killing our community."

By Megan Trent

September 15, 2010 Updated Sep 15, 2010 at 7:17 PM EDT

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Indiana is among the top three states in the country for something we Hoosiers may not be too proud of - meth production. But in Kosciusko County this morning, community leaders took a stand against the deadly and highly addictive drug.

In addition to educating people about the drug itself, they say their goal is to get meth out of their neighborhoods. How will they do that? By encouraging legislators to restrict the sale of the key ingredient in meth - ephedrine. They say requiring a prescription for the now over-the-counter drug would significantly limit an addict's ability to manufacture meth.

Organizers say write your legislators, and if you see something suspicious in your neighborhood you should speak up. That is especially true since meth abuse accounts for two thirds of the children currently being taken into protective custody in northeast indiana. That's according to CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates.

Police say meth has become more common than cocaine or marijuana. Members with Fort Wayne's Drug Task Force say it accounts for almost two thirds of people in jail today. The reason? The ingredients are easy to get, it's fast to manufacture, and now all meth cooks need are a trip to the store and a pop bottle to cook the drug in.

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