Labs seizures down, but meth still a problem

Posted: Monday, April 27, 2009

FAIRBANKS - A member of an Alaska task force on methamphetamine said the number of illegal manufacturing lab seizures has fallen in three years but the drug remains a problem.

Stephanie Brown said methamphetamine is still a drug of choice in Alaska.

She spoke Saturday in Fairbanks on the drug and its effects.

A dozen meth labs were seized in Alaska last year and 11 the year before.

That's far fewer than five years ago but the Alaska Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Enforcement said meth is easily imported from Mexico and "superlabs" there.

Brown said 58 percent of law enforcement officers report meth is the top drug problem faced by their agencies.

Methamphetamine is a stimulant made from common cold medicines and household ingredients such as battery acid.

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