Bacon: Indiana meth lab busts down 35 percent in 2016

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Tuesday, January 17, 2017 3:30 pm

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 17, 2017) – Indiana State Police statistics indicate a 35 percent decline in statewide methamphetamine lab seizures during 2016, according to State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler). 

Indiana State Police reports 943 meth lab busts occurred in Indiana, representing a 35 percent drop from the 1,452 incidents in 2015. In addition, the number of children removed from meth lab environments went down nearly half from the 291 cases in the same year. Over the past two years, child removals from Indiana meth labs declined more than 57 percent. Meth labs can easily catch fire and leave behind toxic contamination, causing costly injuries to first responders and meth cooks, while endangering innocent children and neighbors.

 “Unfortunately, Indiana has been a leader in meth lab seizures over the past few of years,” Bacon said. “However, this statewide decline of meth lab busts shows the diligence of our law enforcement officers working to ensure the safety of Hoosiers. As a member of the House Committee on Public Health, I will continue supporting policies that confront Indiana’s drug epidemic.”

Over the past three years, Indiana led the nation in meth lab incidents. During the 2016 session, Bacon supported a new law to combat Indiana’s growing number of meth labs. Bacon said the law makes purchasing large amounts of pseudoephedrine, a common decongestant as well as a key ingredient used to manufacture meth, more difficult for meth cooks to obtain. The law also empowers local pharmacists to ensure law-abiding consumers maintain legitimate access to these cold medications. 

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State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75,
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

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