Meth Training

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The use of methamphetamine seems to be an ever increasing problem. Most law enforcement officers aren't even trained to deal with the dangers of the drug.

Class is now in session. The subject: how to take down a meth lab.

Steve Meadows, State Attorney, says, "We're excited to be able to bring this school in cooperation with Florida Department of Law Enforcement to our community to expand the army of officers fighting this battle."

Forty law enforcement officers from the 14th Judicial Circuit are participating in the Clandestine Methamphetamine Certification Program.

The officers are learning how meth labs operate, the dangers associated with them, and how to collect evidence without injury.

State Attorney Steve Meadows hopes these classes will help cut off meth use at the source.

"Ninety three out of 100 people addicted to meth are going back to using it after treatment, so we've got to focus more on eradication and suppression of this methamphetamine problem."

The program is a week long. Afterwards, these officers will be better trained in fighting the war on meth.

"Everybody can now work together and cooperate and be more effective in dealing with this meth problem that we're battling."

The training is funded by the state attorney's office and is the only clandestine meth lab certification program in the entire state.

Within the 14th Judicial Circuit, a law enforcement officer is not allowed to work a crime scene where a meth lab is involved unless they have completed the Clandestine Methamphetamine Certification Program.