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BUCKHANNON -

Meth issues appear in the news just about almost everyday. The issues about fighting the drug from law enforcement, and those who suffer from its side effects is an ongoing battle.

For many years, methamphetamine has been imported as a finished drug. However, production of meth has changed significantly during recent years.

"Meth is cheap to make, you make a lot of it with a little bit of money. Also with meth if your selling it it's very profitable," said Cpl Rodney Rolenson, of Upshur County Sheriff's Department.

Law enforcement's battle against clandestine methamphetamine producers is a cat and mouse game between efforts to cut off chemical supplies and efforts to get them from unregulated sources.

Not only are meth labs used to manufacture illegal, often deadly drugs, the nature of the manufacturing process causes toxic chemicals that can result in explosions, fires, and damage to people and the environment.

"For every patch of meth they cook you have about five to six pounds of waste, toxic waste be throw out the windows. It's going in your streams, it's going in your water wells, going into your rivers," Rolenson said.

Only a few people ever recover from long term use. No matter how much they take, they can't reach that rush that they first experienced with the drug.

"So it's an issue, if you get addicted to it. It's probably one of the hardest drugs to get off of using meth without going to a rehab facility."

Law enforcement officials said in the end the only way to combat meth in our communities is to be vigilant. If you see something out of the ordinary alert police as soon as possible.

"The more people who are aware what to look for, and what's going on the better. There like a extra set of eyes for us. They can see it taken place, and we rely on a lot of the public information," Rolenson said.