Archive for Friday, March 2, 2012

Meth, by the numbers

March 2, 2012


A look at the number of meth lab incidents reported locally, statewide, and across the country. Statistics provided by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

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Meth lab incidents in Kansas

The ebb and flow of meth lab incidents in Kansas mimics that of the rest of the country, which saw highs in the early 2000s, and now a resurgence. Kansas ranked 14th in the country in incidents in 2011.

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Meth lab incidents in Douglas County

Douglas County has by and large been spared the increase in meth lab incidents seen in southeast Kansas. Local law enforcement report that they have not yet seen the newer "one-pot" meth-making methods plaguing southeast Kansas.

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Meth in southeast Kansas

A look at meth lab incidents concentrated in a four-county region in southeast Kansas. These four counties were responsible for 129 of the state's 187 meth lab incidents in 2011. Meth lab incidents include lab and material seizures by law enforcement, as well as located dump sites.

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Meth lab incidents in United States

Meth lab incidents in the U.S. peaked in 2004 and declined until 2007. The last few years, however, the country has seen a steady increase.

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Top ten states for meth lab incidents, 2011

In 2011, Missouri topped the list for meth lab incidents in the country. Kansas ranked 14th, with 187.


Richard Heckler 6 years, 2 months ago

Until the USA government reinstates those millions of jobs lost to the Bush/Cheney fraud on America through the banking industry there will probably be a steady increase.

Decriminalize marijuana use. This would provide more resources to combat the truly dangerous elements.

Jeff Rice 6 years, 2 months ago

I think Merrill knows the article is not about weed. What he's obviously saying is that if marijuana use is decriminalized, more resources could be freed up to combat the increase in meth manufacture. I completely agree with Merrills statements.

Al Deathe 6 years, 2 months ago

Only Merrill could turn this into a political statement! The number of labs each year is not solely based on its use. There are so many variables that create these numbers, drug popularity, availability of other drugs, law enforcements funding to fight manufacture and its time allotment based on other priorities (other types of crimes). Keep in mind that Law enforcement agencies budgets are being reduced more and more each year so agencies are trying to do more with less and that will only work for so long. All drugs come and go due to the drugs popularity, pricing and availability. Legalizing one drug so another is not used is a ridiculous assumption on his part. When times are hard the use of all drugs go up as well as alcohol. One of the most effective ways to reduce the manufacture of this drug is to make the ingredients hard to obtain. Kansas has done a very good job of doing this by documenting who buys these drugs and restricting the amount one can buy. There is more press given to people complaining about how hard or inconvenient it is to buy aphedren than why it is being regulated. Most statistics are created and used by people with an agenda, look past what is on the surface you might be surprised in what you will find. Unfortunately most studies have a agenda and its unfortunate that they can't be unbiased and informative. The studies are shown in a manor that reflects the agenda of those who benefit the most. Merrill doesn't do anything but in flame things and he as made a good living in doing so. Unfortunately he does little to actually help the situation but there is hope I hear he is leaving for California.

Jock Navels 6 years, 2 months ago

millions of dollars are wasted daily with homeland security guards in federal buildings, homeland security guards patrolling the wilderness border with canada, and so forth and forth. redirect this wasted money to combating meth. legalize marijuana. redirect all the money wasted in this arena.

JackMcKee 6 years, 2 months ago

Missouri meth ! It's the one thing they are the best at!

Lawrence Morgan 6 years, 2 months ago

Thank you for these great charts!

I have to ask how these charts were made. Charts like these could enhance many stories in the Journal-World, including blogs.

And speaking of Missouri meth, cooperation has to be between states, legislatively and in terms of police, etc.

I also want to know more about families who have had meth users or sellers in their family. What are the real causes of this, in addition to making money?

Shaun Hittle 6 years, 2 months ago

We used Google docs to make the charts. I'm kind of obsessed with numbers, so I try to include charts like this in stories.

They're pretty easy to make. You make and excel Google doc, and there's an insert a chart option. Lots of cool and easy ways to display numbers.

Thanks for the feedback.

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