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Missouri No Longer U.S. Meth Capital

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(KMOX) - After more than a decade on top, Missouri has lost its claim as the meth capital of the U.S.A.

Missouri Narcotics Officers Assocation President Jason Grellner says while Missouri had nearly 1500 meth lab busts, that’s 25 percent fewer than 2012, and 50 pecent less than the highs of 2004 and 2005.

“Missouri has dropped considerably to the number three spot, and we couldn’t be happier about that,” he says.

According to the latest numbers, Indiana and Tenneessee had more meth lab busts last year.

And Grellner expects the trend to continue.

“It’s due in large part to the now 72 communities around the state of Missouri, with Forsyth, Mo. passing an ordinance two nights ago, requiring a prescription for pseudophredrine,” he says.

Grellner says prescription-only laws are making the difference, and the lack of them is why Indiana and Tennessee are now ranked #1 and #2.

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