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More Mobile Meth Labs on Ohio Roads
COLUMBUS (Tara Morgan) -- Police across Ohio are seeing more mobile meth labs on the roads and interstates.
Ohio State Highway Patrol noted a 137% increase in methamphetamine seizures this year compared to last.
"They might not actually be cooking at that point in time they have the components of a working meth lab or maybe they're on their way to do that or maybe they're taking it back to their home," said Lt. Anne Ralston with OSHP.
In one recent case in Washington Courthouse, police say they were tipped off to a mobile meth lab by people who were concerned about a suspicious purchase at a store.
Police say red flags you should watch out for including people buying large quantities of batteries and matches.
The President of Maryhaven, a facility that treats drug addictions, says their patient numbers have gone up too.
"A slight uptick in patients who are telling us that they are using methamphetamine as a drug they use and possibly as their first drug of choice," said Paul Coleman with Maryhaven.
Coleman says they've seen meth use in most of their patients but older men tend to put themselves at most risk.