Despite laws designed to make it more difficult to manufacture meth, the number of meth labs seized in Missouri has been growing. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the number of seizures reported in 2011 grew 6% to 2,096.
The patrol says the state saw a drop in the number of meth lab seizures in 2006 when anti-meth lab legislation was enacted. However, the numbers have steadily climbed since 2007. The increase is attributed in part to meth manufacturers circumventing laws that restrict the legal limit purchase of pseudoephedrine.
Pseudoephedrine is a key ingredient in the manufacturing of meth and it cannot be substituted.
Here are the numbers of lab seizures reported in Missouri since 2007:
2007 – 1,285
2008 – 1,487
2009 – 1,774
2010 -- 1,960
2011 – 2,096
In 2006, a federal law went into effect that restricts sales of pseudoephedrine to consumers. Products with the ingredient were placed behind the counter at stores. Mail-order companies were also restricted on sales to their customers.