Meth Use On the Rise Again in Illinois
Five years ago, meth arrests were as low as they had ever been in Illinois with right around 400 seizures per year. This year, however, authorities expect nearly twice that many. Even though national rates of meth usage are down, it’s on the rise in east central Illinois. The state had the fifth most methamphetamine lab seizures in the country last year, behind only Missouri, Tennessee, Indiana and Kentucky.
This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with recovering meth addict Michael Pasley about his ordeal with the drug. He says using meth was just a way of life, but looking back on it, he has a lot of regrets. Professor Ralph Weisheit, who is an expert on rural crime and meth, also joins us. He says efforts to curb meth use by instituting restrictions on buying pseudoephedrine have changed the way people manufacture meth, and if use continues to rise, he predicts we’ll see a parallel rise in crime in rural parts of the state.