5:51 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Meth lab incidents in Missouri down in 2012


Missouri is known as the meth capital of America, but recent Drug Enforcement Administration statistics suggest this may be changing. Missouri meth lab incidents decreased more than 12 percent in 2012, according the DEA. 

Prevention Specialist, Heather Harlan, for Phoenix Programs—a drug treatment center in Columbia—said she has seen a decrease in meth users, but the reasons are not so clear.

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11:00 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Koster goes after over-the-counter pseudoephedrine

Attorney General Chris Koster
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  Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is again calling on requiring a prescription for certain cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in making methamphetamine.

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Health & Wealth Update
11:18 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Missouri's lax regulations on meth-lab cleanup

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   Missouri’s meth problem is no secret. In 2012, the Show-Me State has the highest number of meth-lab seizure in the country.  But beyond the busts — Missouri has no statewide regulation on what to do with former meth labs. 

On AMC’s ‘Breaking Bad,’ meth cooks prepare a batch in a trailer in the desert or a dirty and  abandoned house. But this image of secrecy and seclusion isn’t always true. Timothy Sigmund is a real estate attorney from Jefferson City. He says many meth labs aren’t where pop culture might suggest they are.

“Apartment buildings, nicer homes,” Sigmund says. “It can be happening in many different places, and it doesn’t matter. It’s not that it’s some run-down shack in the middle of the woods.”


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5:51 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Nixon supports state's drug task forces

Governor Jay Nixon
File Photo KBIA

Speaking at the Greene County Sheriff’s Office Monday, Gov. Jay Nixon says it’s important to keep the state’s multi-jurisdictional drug task forces on the front lines.

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Health & Wealth Update
10:28 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Missouri's meth addiction, part two

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In 2011, Missouri law enforcement busted about five meth labs each day on average – almost double the number of any other state. The state spends more than $2 million dollars a year on cleanup of these labs, and millions more on incarceration, child care, and drug treatment.

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Health & Wealth Update
10:37 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Missouri's meth addiction, part one

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For the past decade, Missouri has claimed the dubious distinction of the most meth busts of any state in the nation. In this week's Health & Wealth update, reporter Kyle Deas has the first in a two-part-series on Missouri's unique meth addiction.

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Science, Health and Technology
1:46 pm
Wed March 28, 2012

Possible 'game-changer' in meth battle

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Some are calling it a "game-changer" in the battle against methamphetamine labs—a new form of pseudoephedrine that apparently can't be used to make the dangerous and addictive drug. 

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AM Newscasts
9:44 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Newscast for March 14, 2012

House Budget Chairman Ryan Silvey responds to Gov. Jay Nixon's criticism over a proposed cut in state aid for the blind.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including: 

  • MU’s Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute will cease to exist. The nuclear engineering department has been split in two, with the transition expected to be finalized by July 1. KBIA’s Nick Gass gauged the reaction among student and faculty researchers.

  • Three Missouri communities will share more than $62,000 in federal grants for historic preservation projects.

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PM Newscasts
5:43 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Newscast for February 22, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri leads the U.S. in methamphetamine lab seizures in 2011.
  • A bipartisan commission says it's close to a Missouri Senate District map compromise.
  • A state senator wants the full chamber to debate the I-70 toll road proposal.
Science, Health and Technology
2:59 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Missouri meth lab seizures lead U.S.

Missouri had nearly 1,500 meth lab incidents in 2008.


An Associated Press survey of the nation's top methamphetamine-producing states shows national lab seizures rose again last year.

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