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Missouri no longer number one for meth incidents

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Missouri no longer tops the list for the most methamphetamine incidents in the country.

The recent statistics come form the Drug Enforcement Agency.

For more than a decade, Missouri ranked number one in the country for the most methamphetamine incidents.

A local substance prevention group say this shows a positive change for the state.

"Its possible for us to make a change and move in a positive direction," said Crystal Ludiker with The Alliance of Southwest Missouri.

The recent statistics from the DEA office show Missouri decreased the number of methamphetamine incidents in 2012 from 1,960 to 1,495 in 2013.

"The fact that we are gaining ground in that area is a benefit to the community overall," said Ludiker.

KOAM and FOX 14's Rudy Harper spoke with the commander of the Jasper County Drug Task force who believes the decrease of incidents are due to education throughout the community and stricter laws on over the counter Pseudoephedrines.

"It's harder to get Pseudoephedrine which is the primary ingredient in meth. It's controlled so you can't go in and buy as many boxes of Sudafed as you can - so they're making it tougher to get your hands on it here," said the commander.

Ludiker says there's still more work to be done.

"This just proves that positive change is possible when people work together to make it happen."

The state of Indiana takes the number one spot, Tennessee follows in second.

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