A daunting task

By: - September 1, 2005 4:46 am

Greensboro News & Record

Law enforcement officials across North Carolina are intimately familiar with the costs of methamphetamine, human and financial.

They’ve seen children injured or endangered by explosions or toxic fumes at meth labs, often set up in homes or hotel rooms. They know how expensive it is to clean up the mess the labs create — SBI officials estimate the costs run $3,000 to $5,000 per lab, the Winston-Salem Journal reports.

Now they’re contending with a huge jump in meth lab raids since 2000, most occurring in western counties. And state law enforcement officials say it’s time for federal action if they are to effectively fight the rising tide of meth use and production. It’s "a national problem and needs a national solution," Watauga County Sheriff Mark Shook told the Journal. (more…)

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Chris Fitzsimon

Chris Fitzsimon, Founder and Executive Director of N.C. Policy Watch, writes the Fitzsimon File, delivers a radio commentary broadcast on WRAL-FM and hosts "News and Views," a weekly radio news magazine that airs on multiple stations across North Carolina. [email protected] 919-861-2066