Methamphetamine is making inroads in Connecticut, says a survey by the Hispanic Health Council reported by the Hartfourd Courant. “If they get ahead of it now, they’ll never end up like Tennessee, in the top five for manufacture of methamphetamine,” said a former addict at a symposium in Hartford. “They talk that you’ve already found four labs. I really believe that if they find one, they’ve missed 10.” Chief State’s Attorney Christopher Morano and other state officials agreed that the best weapon against meth would be a coordinated effort centered on arrests, prison time, prevention and treatment.
Morano described a drop in meth lab seizures in Oklahoma, Iowa, and Tennessee after those states enacted laws banning over-the-counter sales of cold remedies containing the ingredient that gets meth users high. Morano said state agencies would recommend a plan to Gov. M. Jodi Rell by early November. Less than a year ago, users reported meth was hard to get in Hartford, requiring a trip to New Haven or New York City. In recent months, meth users say, it “would only take one phone call” or a visit to a Hartford home or club to score the drug.