Evansville is ready to tackle the growing meth problem

The Evansville community is coming together to battle the growing meth problem.

Citizens, landlords, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, Vanderburgh County Health Department officials, and state representatives filled the CK Newcomb Center on Tuesday night.

Indiana State Police broke down the numbers at the meeting, and say it costs tax payers $1,500 for police to respond to a meth lab, and costs an estimated $11,000 in clean up for each lab.

Officials say the number of meth labs busted this year is already up 10-percent over last year.

Indiana State Police say last year was a record year for Indiana with 1,400 labs found.

Niki Crawford with ISP says, "Vanderburgh County was the number one county, with 95 lab seizures. We are not seeing a change in that trend, and Vanderburgh County is one of the counties that has the highest numbers of fire, explosions, and injuries."

Officials were not surprised by the number of individuals who came to the meeting, in fact, it ended up being standing room only.

Citizens learned what to look for, how police are tracking meth, and how state lawmakers are drafting a bill to make pseudoephedrine a prescription drug.

District 77 State Representative Gail Riecken says, "This is the way to solve the problem of safety and security for the families not only in these homes, but beside those homes."

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office and the Evansville Police Department both currently have drug task forces.

You can voice any meth complaints online by clicking here, or visiting www.meth.in.gov.

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