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Meth Labs Becoming A Growing Issue In Iowa

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The operation of methamphetamine labs in Clinton County have become a growing issue, but police officials say it's not only an issue in Clinton, but statewide as well.

"It's taking time and money to address this problem," said Kristin Huisenga, Executive Director for the Gateway ImpACT Coalition.

The number of meth labs found in the state of Iowa is growing to the point where state officials, attorneys and police officials had to sit down and figure out how to tackle the issue. So far 142 labs have been found just within the first half of this year. 70% of those are one pot meth labs.

"This one pot method is just really convenient, it's easy and fast for people to make. They can do the whole setup in about 45-minutes so it's pretty quick to manufacture," she said.

Quick to make, but a hassle to clean up. Clinton's Chief of Police, Brian Guy says one of the challenges police departments are facing is the cost of meth lab cleaning up. It's adding up so much that his department is turning to the state and the federal government for help, but even help is limited.

"We've looked to in the past, meth lab mitigation has been paid for by the state through federal pass through money and those funds of dried up," he said.

He also says since the issue has become so widespread officials all across the state are looking into ways to fix it.

"The state and federal government are very much aware of it, and are trying to come up with options for us to consider, but everyone's hands are tied."

Some those options discussed include new disposal programs to help alleviate the costs, but for now local officials are depending on tax payers.