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Published: Saturday, 6/15/2013

Meth lab busts increasing in Ohio after sharp drop


DAYTON, Ohio  — Meth lab busts are increasing in Ohio partly because the addictive substance is now being made in spaces as small as a large soda bottle.

Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation statistics showed just over 600 meth lab incidents from October 2011 to October 2012, with 575 since then through May. That’s according to a Dayton Daily News report.

Ohio meth lab cases fell sharply from 2005 to 2007, but have been climbing back. Those numbers are similar to national trends.

New federal regulations helped make meth lab use more difficult. But new methods are fueling the resurgence. In one called “shake and bake,” ingredients are mixed in a 32-ounce soda bottle.

Ohio recently became the 25th state to mandate a national database to track sales of key ingredients.

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