Illinois Plans Web Database On Homes Raided As Meth Labs


Illinois is planning one of the nation’s most comprehensive Internet databases to list potentially toxic homes once raided as methamphetamine labs, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. No such plans are in place for Missouri – the state that has long led in the number of raids for the illegal drug. Making meth produces byproducts that 18 states consider so dangerous that they demand that owners clean homes found with trace amounts of residue. A Post-Dispatch investigation found that most residents moving into former meth labs in Missouri and Illinois state never are told of their homes’ histories. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan finalized plans this month with the Illinois Health Department and Illinois State Police to launch an online database of addresses. It will list places where police found meth labs dating to 2001. The database, which will launch early next year, will include the address, date of the raid, county, and city.

In Missouri, the state Highway Patrol funnels meth lab reports from across the state to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which publishes only some of the addresses raided since 2006 online. The Highway Patrol won’t release the full list to the public. Sgt. Steven Frisbie said state law forbids it because some cases may be pending and it would be too costly to ask each police department which ones are still under investigation. “I’m not saying it’s a bad idea, but the state’s Sunshine Act prevents us from doing it,” he said.


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