An East Tennessee county claimed the top spot in the state in 2013 when it comes to meth lab seizures. 1-17-14
An East Tennessee county claimed the top spot in the state in 2013 when it comes to meth lab seizures.
Authorities in Anderson County made 83 meth lab busts in 2013. Anderson County is one of two East Tennessee counties that ranked in the top five for meth lab seizures in the state during the 2013.
The other was Monroe County, which ranked fourth. The numbers of seizures there actually doubled the number made in 2012.
But, for the most part, communities across the state saw their seizure numbers go down.
The amount of meth lab seizures decreased slightly, by 7 percent, from 2012 to 2013. In East Tennessee, the decrease was around 8 percent.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, there is no particular reason for the decrease. They said a number of factors may be behind the trend.
First, TBI and local authorities specifically targeted the problem in certain counties where meth is prevalent. TBI said Anderson County received special focus last April.
Also, a number of communities took action into their own hands by creating prescription-only legislation for pseudoephedrine, which is a key ingredient used to make meth.
The City of Harriman in Roane County passed that local rule in 2013. However, the Tennessee Attorney General's Office recently said such ordinances do not comply with state law.
Several days ago, the state comptroller's office also released a report on the production of meth in Tennessee. It found admissions to publicly funded amphetamine treatment facilities in the state were higher in 2011 and 2012 than they were in 2010.
Last year, only the state of Missouri had more meth busts than Tennessee.