Community Meeting on Methamphetamine and Clandestine Drug Labs

Lt. Jeff Heck of the Indiana State Police will be hosting a community meeting on methamphetamine and clandestine drug labs. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 26, 2002 at Lebanon High School. The program will start at 7 PM and last approximately one hour. A guest speaker will be Jane Clark of Lebanon. Her son recently died in a meth lab explosion at a Lebanon apartment complex.

Methamphetamine is a stimulant that affects the central nervous system. It can be manufactured in makeshift laboratories with ingredients that can be legally purchased over the counter. Users exhibit behavior similar to schizophrenia. They can become paranoid, delusional, and very violent.

In 2001 the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Enforcement Team responded to 546 meth labs throughout Indiana. Locally, the team has responded to 32 labs in the last two years in Boone County.

"In the last 6 months we've trained 92 officers, fire fighters, and EMS personnel and now I want to take the program to the public. Hopefully, we can educate them of the dangers of meth use and production," Heck said.

Questions can be directed to Lt. Heck at 317-899-8501 or jheck@isp.state.in.us. You may also call Principal Steve Psikula, Lebanon High School, at 765-482-0400.


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