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Kentucky State Police released the 2010 methamphetamine lab statistics today and the number indicates an all-time high in the Commonwealth. KSP reports that there were 1,080 meth labs found during 2010, exceeding all previous year totals.
The top five counties with the highest incidents of meth lab occurrences were Jefferson (154 labs), Laurel (113 labs), Warren (70 labs), Barren (57 labs) and Hardin (53).
Earlier this week, KSP responded to a meth lab at a home in Leslie County where three children were found and treated for chemical burns at Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center. A total of four arrests were made for that incident.
The 2010 methamphetamine lab response costs to law enforcement totaled $2.9 million. This figure includes investigative costs, waste removal clean up, supplies, lab analysis, and transportation of waste from the scene.
Methamphetamine is not just a Kentucky problem. Occurrences of meth labs have been on the rise across the country and states are scrambling to find solutions.
KSP advises that if you suspect someone is making meth or you encounter a meth lab, call 1-800 DOPETIP; 1 (800)367-3847. Callers can remain anonymous.