Two meth lab raids this month have made it clear to law enforcers that methamphetamine is creeping into Connecticut, says the Hartford Courant. Officials in California and Wyoming say Connecticut can learn from their successes, and shortcomings as it tries to suppress abuse and production of the highly addictive stimulant. The experts warn that Connecticut should not underestimate the scope of its meth problem, and cannot rely solely on lab busts and arrests to contain it. They say efforts to stamp out meth and related crime must include aggressive treatment and prevention. They urge controls on consumer access to over-the-counter cold remedies that contain pseudoephedrine.
Connecticut state Rep. Michael Lawlor, co-chairman of the judiciary committee, is prepared to re-examine everything to stamp out meth, including controlling cold remedy sales. “For a long time, we hoped it wouldn’t show up in our part of the country,” he said. “This is a big, complicated mess we’re about to wade into here.”