Summit County leads Ohio in meth labs

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Summit County in northeast Ohio is a hotbed of methamphetamine production, leading the state in the number of labs busted, authorities said.

The county sheriff’s drug unit found 85 meth lab sites in 2013, The Akron Beacon Journal reported today.

The multijurisdictional group now has identified more than 900 meth labs and places where meth equipment was dumped since 2001 in Summit County. That’s more than in any other Ohio county.

The Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network says in a new drug trend report that the availability of meth has increased in the Akron-Canton area, partly because the drug has become easier to make.

Meth can be created by mixing such items as lithium batteries, ammonium nitrate, drain cleaner and pseudoephedrine, and using nothing more than a 2-liter soda bottle to mix them, authorities said.

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