Updated 1:51 p.m.
It's no secret that Missouri has problems with methamphetamine. However, the problems are hardly spread equally across the state.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has compiled a map showing the number of reported meth incidents in each Missouri county through June 2013. (You can also see what they mean by "incidents," exactly).
Not many of us are chemists.
Yet by removing one oxygen atom average people here in Missouri regularly are turning common decongestants like Sudafed and Claritin-D into the illicit drug methamphetamine.
Nationwide those explosive mom and pop meth labs were estimated by a Rand study to cost taxpayers more than $23 billion a year in health care costs, child endangerment and clean-up.
Authorities in western Illinois say a drug bust at a Quincy home turned up more than 500 containers used to make methamphetamine.
Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Patrick Frazier on Monday told The Quincy Herald-Whig that it's the biggest bust he's seen involving such "one-pot" shake-and-bake labs. Officers also found more than 180 cans of starter fluid, cans of drain cleaner and used boxes of pills that contain a key meth-making ingredient.
A St. Louis County town has passed a law aimed at assuring those who buy or rent a home that it is methamphetamine-free.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Crestwood recently passed a law requiring the owner of any structure that housed a meth lab to thoroughly clean it before it can be sold or rented.
A south St. Louis alderwoman says she wants her legislation that would require a prescription for the common decongestant pseudoephedrine to start a conversation about combating the methamphetamine problem in Missouri.
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