Meth Labs A Growing Concern

by Erika Brooks on July 13, 2012 at 6:33 am

There is a growing concern about the dangers of meth labs.

The Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department held a meth lab awareness meeting Friday to give those who go into homes the tools to identify the components of a meth lab, so they can safely protect themselves and others.

"Today I’m giving the folks here that are in attendance to this presentation kind of a comprehensive look at the meth issue in terms of the drug itself and the people that are using it but really focusing on giving them the tools to be able to go in and do home visits," said Special Agent Dennis Lowe of the Ohio Criminal Bureau of Investigation.

Lowe says there is a misconception that this is a rural problem, he says they have seized labs in suburban communities. Over the course of the last year they’ve seized five hundred labs. In the last six to seven months, there’s been an explosion of labs across the entire state.

"It is widespread right now and with the emergence of a new process called the one pot or shake and bake method, we’ve seen an unbelievable amount of activity all across the state," said Lowe.

The extremely dangerous process can result in fires and explosions. Many of which have occurred across Ohio. Some as close as Noble County..