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Meth lab incidents drop significantly in Kansas

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Meth lab incidents in Kansas have dropped significantly compared to years before.  The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says there were 143 meth lab incidents last year, down from 214 a year earlier.

Of those meth lab incidents reported last year about half of them were in southeast Kansas.  But even locally the numbers are dropping and Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves says the decrease could be due to new prescription laws that make it harder to buy certain ingredients that go into making meth.

"Those are becoming more and more strict, either you have to sign for them or, as in here in Cherokee County, you have to have a prescription to obtain that," says Sheriff Groves.  "So that we're making sure those, those medications are available to people that need them and not for criminals to use in elicit purposes."

Missouri tops the list with the most meth incidents in 2012, with nearly 2,000 reports.  Missouri, along with Tennessee, Indiana and Kentucky made up for nearly half of the incidents across the U.S.

Nationwide meth lab reports were down 5.5% from the year before.

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