Inspector David Chambers of the Charleston Police Department spoke at the hearing, indicating the number of meth labs busted in his county rose from 24 in 1997 to 941 in 2003.
And unlike cocaine and marijuana, the production and use of meth isn't driven by profit.Meth production, he
said, is based solely on addiction.
"It's a different beast than we've ever dealt with before," he
Statistics presented by a representative from Provena United Samaritans Medical Center
indicated 131 people going through the emergency room recently were tested for drugs.
More than half tested positive for drugs, of which 11 percent tested positive for methamphetamines.Chambers
recommended three courses of action to stymie meth in Illinois: increase meth manufacturing and meth possession to Class X felonies, which are punishable by up to 30 years in prison.He
also stressed making it much more difficult to by over the count medications containing pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient in meth.Without pseudoephedrine, meth can not be made.