ISP: Meth lab busts down in Southeast Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — New data released by the Indiana State Police indicates a decline in methamphetamine lab seizures in Southeast Indiana, according to State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg).

Frye says several counties experienced a drop in meth lab seizures between 2015 and 2016, including Decatur County where meth lab busts decreased from 36 to 22.

During the 2016 session, Frye supported a law to combat Indiana’s growing number of meth labs.

Frye 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.

Recently, the Indiana State Police reported that statewide meth lab busts went down 35 percent in 2016.

In addition, the number of children removed from meth lab environments went down nearly half from the 291 cases in 2015.