Archived Story

Region must now consider meth threat

Published 11:12am Thursday, August 23, 2012

The manufacturing of methamphetamine was once a problem that most felt impacted the most rural parts of Appalachia, with Lawrence County and the Tri-State remaining relatively shielded from the epidemic that plagued many other states.

That reprieve may be ending.

Lawrence County authorities have made three alleged meth lab busts in recent weeks, marking the tightest concentration of arrests associated with this drug in many years — if not ever.

Several of these cases remain in the legal system and all of the accused are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. But the fact that authorities have made more than a dozen arrests in these three separate incidents shows this problem maybe coming right to our doorstep now.

Law enforcement seems to have a handle on the things to look for and the warning signs that are associated with meth manufacturing. The public likely needs more education.

Because the volatile nature of manufacturing this drug, it is a tremendous public safety hazard. We need state and local authorities to make a conscious effort to help teach citizens what to look for so they know if someone is making this drug next to their homes.

Maybe it is just a coincidence but if methamphetamine manufacturing is going to impact our region we must be prepared.

 

The Tribune believes it is possible for people with a variety of points of view to discuss issues in a civil manner and will remove comments that, in our opinion, foster incivility. We want to encourage an open exchange of information and ideas. Responsibility for what is posted or contributed to this site is the sole responsibility of each user. By contributing to this website, you agree not to post any defamatory, abusive, harassing, obscene, sexual, threatening or illegal material, or any other material that infringes on the ability of others to enjoy this site, or that infringes on the rights of others. Any user who feels that a contribution to this website is a violation of these terms of use is encouraged to email report-comments@irontontribune.com, or click the "report comment" link that is on all comments. We reserve the right to remove messages that violate these terms of use and we will make every effort to do so — within a reasonable time frame — if we determine that removal is necessary.

  • Poor Richard

    What stands out to me is how many of these meth heads are from OUT-OF-STATE!

    The public needs to get their head out of the sand and start reporting this scum to law enforcement. Take license numbers, use the cell phones to take photos, send to law enforcement, make a list of the party houses. Provide good, clear and helpful information. Be observant. Record their names.

    FOR GOD SAKES, GET INVOLVED AND GET THE SCUM OUT OF OUR COUNTY!

    (Report comment)

Editor's Picks

Tackling addiction

Spectrum Outreach plans recovery housing for addicts   The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services on Nov. 10 announced a $10 million investment ... Read more

Mrs. Ohio All-Star makes impact

SOUTH POINT — Angela McKeone, of South Point, is one of a kind. She recently won the title of Mrs. Ohio All-Star. “I recognized when ... Read more