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News stories tagged with "methamphetamine"

Meth Lab Training for First Responders

Many of the safety risks from methamphetamine labs are borne by firemen, EMTs and police. The Center for Disease Control says that first responders suffer 51% of the injuries caused by meth lab accidents. Often it's because they don't know they're entering a meth lab. They respond to an emergency call without knowing that dangerous chemicals are involved. Marty Hasset directs SUNY Canton's Emergency Management Training Center. They're hosting workshops for first responders and members of the public to teach them how to recognize a meth lab. The first workshop is Wednesday, December 14th from 7-9 pm.  Go to full article

Stiffer Penalties for Meth Labs

Methamphetamine, or crystal meth, is a powerful stimulant. It's manufactured from a number of readily available products, like over-the-counter cold medicine and common agricultural fertilizer. The state legislature has just passed new legislation that would make it illegal to possess combinations of these materials, plus the instruments used to mix the meth. It means meth makers can be prosecuted even if the finished drug is not found. Governor Pataki has said he will sign the legislation. It will put state law in line with existing federal law. State law enforcement have had to turn to federal authorities for help prosecuting meth labs. Greg Warner spoke with Sheriff John Burns of Jefferson County. Jefferson County has had one of the state's highest rates of meth lab busts in recent years.  Go to full article

Methamphetamine Drug Lab in Jefferson County

Three northern New York men face federal charges after a police raid on an illegal drug lab in the North Country. Jody Tosti reports.;  Go to full article

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