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Report shows meth making a comeback in rural Illinois

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Thursday, August 8, 2019  |  Article  |  By Benjamin Yount | The Center Square

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A new report from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority found police departments and sheriff’s offices have seen a spike in meth arrests. 

Researcher Lauren Weisner said numbers show meth arrests tripled between 2010 and 2017.

"The take away definitely is that methamphetamine shouldn't be ignored. It's still a problem," Weisner said. 

The numbers show white men younger than 40 are most likely to be arrested for meth in rural Illinois. 

Weisner said the return of meth is linked to the new focus on stopping opioid addiction and overdose deaths. 

"There is decreased availability of opioid prescriptions. And, in general, methamphetamine has become cheaper, purer and increasingly available," Weisner said.  "It's something that people can get for little cost."

Parts of western, southeastern, and far southern Illinois had the largest number of recent meth busts.