Methamphetamine seems to have an ever growing presence in our communities.
But earlier this year, the federal government cut funding to a program that helps local drug task forces cleanup the waste generated from meth cooks and their labs.
In fact in some states, the fight against meth and the enforcement cracking down on meth cooks is on the decline because there's no funding to help with the cleanup.
Is this playing out in the Tri State area?
Not in Northeast Missouri.
Captain Tim Forney with the Northeast Missouri Drug Task Force says his unit has members trained to cleanup the chemicals left over once a lab gets busted.
The unit has a containment trailer and contract with Missouri DNR to collect the chemicals. And that's savings thousands of dollars each year.
"We've already overcome that in years past through the receiving of out containment unit we have at the Marion County Sheriff's office. And everyone here is trained to collect meth lab materials and dispose of them in that way, so this particular funding cut will not have any effect on us," said Forney.
Forney also says it could cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 to clean up a lab if an outside contractor is hired to dispose of the chemicals, so thanks for your guesses below!