Meth On the Decline
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Good news in the fight against meth. The number of meth labs across the country is down, plus the drug is showing up less and less at work.
According to the Associated Press, police officers nationwide are seizing less meth labs. And a recent survey finds less people looking for a job test positive for the drug.
Out of 3 million drug tests from January to May researchers found the number of people on meth dropped 31%. Good news for the nation, but locally that number is more difficult to nail down.
Worksource officials think some of our area's smaller businesses are getting detered from testing.
"They may find that the test is too expensive so they may not be doing them anymore or they may not be doing them as frequently," said Candice Blueshell, WorkSource Spokesperson.
However, there are less meth labs in local neighborhoods. Nationwide meth labs dropped from 17,562 in 2004 to just over 12,185 in 2005. The states with a sharpest decline were Oklahoma, Montana, and Washington.