Meth Production Declines But New Drug Becomes More Common

July 21, 2005--Posted at 6:00 p.m. CST


JONESBORO--A new state law passed in March is reducing meth production in Region 8.  The law requires stores to take drugs with pseudo ephedrine off the shelves and put them behind the pharmacists’ counters.  S ince that law, the number of meth lab busts in Northeast Arkansas has been reduced by 50%.

However, another type of meth is making its way to Region 8.  Police say meth ice is becoming more common in the area. 


“Probably a year, year a half ago, we weren’t seeing hardly any,” Jim Chambers with the Jonesboro Drug Task Force said,  “and this year so far I think we’ve seized like three pounds of ice, that’s quite a bit.”

Officials suspect the increase in meth ice is users are either having it shipped into the state or they’re going to Mexico or California to get it.  T he reason they’re getting meth somewhere else is  it’s harder than ever to make the drug in the natural state.

Keeping Sudafed behind the pharmacist’s counter is having the desired effect.  Police used to make two to three meth lab busts a week.  S ince the pseudo law passed in March, they’ve only had to make three busts.