Meth Hits Epidemic Proportions In Ohio, Attorney General DeWine Says


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says methamphetamine has hit epidemic proportions across the state, especially in rural Ohio where investigators continue to find the remnants of labs strewn along back roads and highways, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. “We’re not going to arrest our way out of the problem,” DeWine said. “It’s not going to happen. We need community groups to push back through education and prevention. You have to have grassroots groups fighting this. It’s a huge problem.”

Since October, police across Ohio have found 315 labs, and there still are seven months left in the fiscal year. Summit County leads the way with 66. Cuyahoga County, the state’s most urban county, had just one seizure of a lab. Authorities are on target to seize more labs than it did in 2009, when investigators dismantled 348, and in 2010, when they grabbed 359. On Feb. 12, the Medina County Drug Task Force seized eight portable labs in a home in Medina. A 1-year-old child, and a 13-year-old girl were living there at the time,

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