meth

(Missouri State Highway Patrol website)

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).

(Maria Altman/St. Louis Public Radio)

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 special truck had to be called to handle the meth waste. The building has been quarantined.

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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.

Pollution from a meth lab is sometimes so bad that a home has to be demolished. Experts say the chemicals from the drug get into the air and settle on curtains, the floor and furniture. Breathing those chemicals can cause illness.

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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.

A St. Charles County deputy faces sentencing in October after being found guilty of several crimes while on a methamphetamine raid.

Christopher Hunt was charged with felony burglary and misdemeanor counts of assault and property damage. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a jury delivered the guilty verdict on Wednesday.

Hunt was among St. Charles County officers responding to a meth lab in neighboring Montgomery County in 2009.

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Review your route: I-64 work has begun

Several ramps on the stretch of I-64 that runs through downtown closed for roadwork this morning.

The ramps from 10th Street and 14th Street will be closed around the clock, as will the ramp from Broadway.

Missouri Department of Transportation spokesman Andrew Gates says there will also be ramp closures for motorists heading into downtown.

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Judge rules that the CVC must release more Dome documents

The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission is being ordered to release more documents related to the renovation of the Edward Jones Dome.

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Yesterday, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit and the Kirkwood and Pacific City Police Departments busted a large methamphetamine manufacturing network believed to have operated from 2009 to 2011. Twenty-one individuals from Franklin and Jefferson counties suspected to be involved in the network were arrested. (The full list of those arrested is below).

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Some are calling it a "game-changer" in the battle against methamphetamine labs - a new form of pseudoephedrine that apparently can't be used to make the dangerous and addictive drug.

The formulation known as Tarex, was developed by Highland Pharmaceuticals, a suburban St. Louis company that hopes to have it on the market by summer under the brand name Releva.

Some narcotics officers believe Tarex holds promise in finally turning the tide against meth labs.

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