SEPTEMBER 26, 2013- Meth. It's a drug that's growing in usage across Erie County-with one bust after the next.
Experts call it an explosive drug that can rock your world and cause serious bodily harm in more ways than one.
Dennis Tobin, the Regional Director of the Bureau of Narcotics, says the region has experienced an uptick of meth abuse.
He says meth labs are being discovered regularly and are often more difficult to find because they are smaller....
Typically one pot labs found in cars, living rooms and garages across the area.
Tobin warns meth is highly addictive and toxic because it is made out of many household cleaners, acids and sometimes even gasoline.
He says when the chemicals are mixed they can create potential explosions.
Doctors at Saint Vincent Hospital say the effects of the drug are detrimental to your health-aging your body quickly, causing rapid weight loss, brain damage and sometimes even death.
Tobin says spotting a meth lab is difficult, but be aware of what people are throwing in the garbage.
He says people constantly discarding of bi-products, batteries, canisters and coffee filters could be an indicator that they are manufacturing meth.
Health experts say if you know someone that is abusing meth, approach them privately and encourage them to come forward and seek help.
They say there are several resources and treatment options available in the county.
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