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PRESS RELEASE
Office of
D. Craig Horn
Representative, District 68
North Carolina General Assembly
January 10, 2014
Raleigh, NC – Today the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation released its final numbers on Clandestine Methamphetamine Lab Responses for 2013.  Over the past year, the SBI responded to 561 Clandestine Meth Lab reports across this state, an increase of over 100 labs or 22% versus 2012.  For the 10-county greater Charlotte region, the numbers are frightening.  For 2012, these 10 counties there was a whopping 61% increase in Meth Lab incidents.  Union County had a 54% increase in meth incidents and Anson experienced a 43% increase.  Gaston County was among the highest in the state with a 271% increase in meth incidents in 2013 versus 2012.

To a great extent these results can be attributed to the effectiveness of a law passed in 2012 that implemented the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx) system in North Carolina.  NPLEx tracks the purchases of Over-The-Counter medicines that include pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in manufacturing methamphetamine.  The challenge, however, is that we are not reducing meth labs but rather finding more meth labs.

Methamphetamine is one of the most addictive and destructive drugs currently known.  The manufacture of methamphetamine produces not only highly toxic and dangerous chemicals but also is highly explosive.  It is estimated that one-third of all the victims in all the all the burn units in all the hospitals in North Carolina are the result of an explosion from a clandestine methamphetamine lab, now known as the one-pot or Shake & Bake method.  Methamphetamine incidents are estimated to be costing the taxpayer in North Carolina hundreds of millions of dollars a year, not to mention the human costs in lost loved ones, especially children and the elderly.  Legislation passed and signed into law during the 2013 Session of the NC General Assembly now makes it a felony for anyone convicted of meth cooking, using or possessing products containing pseudoephedrine and increases the penalty even further when such labs impact children and the elderly.

For Further information, please contact:
Rep. D. Craig Horn
(919) 733-2404

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