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Indiana Leads Nation in Meth Busts

New data shows Indiana leads the nation in meth busts, edging out Missouri which led the nation the year before.
Diana Macys-Staley lives on Terre Haute's north side.

"For the most part it's a quiet neighborhood, you wouldn't expect anything going on here," Macys-Staley said.

But something was going on.

State Police busted a meth lab just steps away from her house earlier this  year.

"We had cops actually sitting in the driveway that day. We were wondering what was going on and all of the sudden they went down there and later we heard on the police radio that they were busting somebody for a meth lab," Macys-Staley said.

Its a problem not only in this neighborhood, or Terre Haute, but rather an epidemic statewide.

New data shows Indiana leads the nation in meth busts, edging out Missouri which led the nation the year before.

Jim Palmer with the Vigo County Drug Task Force is on the front lines in the fight against meth.

He didn't want to show his face on-camera to protect his identity.

He says he's not shocked by Indiana's standing when it comes to meth.

"We fight everyday to find these labs and to get this problem off our streets, that's a statistic that we don't necessarily want," Palmer said.

A problem that poses a risk to a lot of people, whether they use the drug or not.

"It poses a health risk to people in our community. If you live next door to someone who's cooking meth there's toxic gases it poses an explosive risk a fire risk," Palmer said.

A risk that continues to grow here in the Wabash Valley.

"I think meth use could be an epidemic in Vigo County," Palmer said.

And around the country.

It's all over the U.S., I travel everywhere and it's not just in Terre Haute that it's an issue," Macys-Staley said.
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