The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Opinion

December 15, 2013

Maureen Hayden: Officials believe meth lab busts may only be scratching the surface

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The kit is becoming popular. Matt Duncan, a professional colleague of Held’s, who works for Bio-Meth Management, knows why: Using the one-pot method, meth is an easy drug to concoct using common ingredients, such as sulfuric acid, lighter fluid, and the pseudoephedrine found in cold medicines.

“If you want to make it tonight, you can find the recipe on the Internet, go to Walmart and buy yourself all the ingredients, mix it up a pop bottle, and you’ve got meth,” said Duncan.

Not that he advises it. Like Held, Duncan has seen nasty things: Houses littered with needles and pornography intermingled with children’s toys. Distraught family members driven from their homes by meth cookers. And so much filth.

“The smell when someone’s making or doing meth is like a cat litter box that hasn’t been scooped in three weeks,” Held said.

Neither Held nor Duncan see an end to their work — not as long as meth is so easy to make.

Both would like to see county health departments given more power to keep people out of meth-contaminated houses until those dwellings are decontaminated. Held thinks professional home inspectors should be required to check a house for meth-residue – just like they check for termite damage.

“If I was going to buy house, I’d have it checked for meth,” Held said. “I don’t care if it was a million-dollar home, I’d still have it tested. These days, you just don’t know.”

Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at maureen.hayden@indianamediagroup.com. Follow her on Twitter @MaureenHayden.

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