Indiana faces growing meth problem

Police found meth in this home where four people were shot to death last weekend.
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Just days after meth was found at the Waynesville home where four people were murdered, Eyewitness News looked into Indiana's methamphetamine problem.

Indiana State Police told Eyewitness News the methamphetamine problem is growing each year in Indiana. It is also becoming more prevalent in urban communities as well.

"One day I quit going to work. I lost my home and my children were removed from me. But I kept using," said former addict Paula.

Paula did not feel comfortable showing her face on camera for our interview. She described her methamphetamine problem.

"That's when my big downfall was. I learned how to manufacture meth. I was burned down my back from a bottle exploding. It was very dangerous," added Paula.

As a white female, Paula is the typical Indiana meth user, according to Indiana State Police.

In 2012, investigators seized the most meth labs in these highlighted counties. All of them had more than 35 meth labs in their communities.

Indiana methamphetamine Investigation System - Look up meth statistics here.

Indiana State Police Sergeant Niki Crawford says nearly every county in the state has seen at least a twenty-percent increase in meth labs in the last year, and that includes more urban communities.

"We hadn't seen a lot in Hancock and Hendricks Counties in the last couple of years, but we are seeing more now in Central Indiana," said Sergeant Niki Crawford.

The sergeant also says meth is on the move: "The biggest thing is becoming more mobile with the one-pot lab - all the chemicals are together."

Police reported a mobile meth lab at a west side Burger King Sunday after officers found a man carrying backpacks with materials for making a meth lab.

Just shy of six months sober, former meth addict Paula said the only way to stop this growing problem by limiting the ingredients for everyone: "They need to make it where it is not on the shelves. A prescription needs to be written by a physician for people to get it. Because people can. I got it. And, I would find others to get it."

Indiana has passed a law this year further restricting the sale of medications containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.

The law lowers the annual purchase limit of pseudoephedrine-based products to about 61 grams per person. That's about an eight-month supply of the current law's monthly limit.

The bill also increases the criminal penalties for anyone convicted of buying at least 10 grams of the medicines for a meth maker.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Crawford told Eyewitness News limiting pseudoephedrine allows police to track purchases, but not prevent the drug. The sergeant also said the restrictions have expanded the black market.

If you are looking for information on how to seek addiction treatment from methamphetamine, Paula sought treatment at Fairbanks.