The nation's opioid crisis may be getting the headlines, but a southern Kentucky drug enforcement officer says a larger issue in the region is methamphetamine.
Tommy Loving, director of the Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force, says a more potent version of meth being smuggled into Kentucky from Mexico is putting local meth labs out of business.
"What has changed from the, what I would call, not so fondly, the 'Beavis and Butt-Head' meth labs is now we're being inundated with pounds of crystal methamphetamine that is smuggled across the border," Loving said. "It's so much more pure that we're actually having a few overdose deaths from the meth, and you never saw that with locally manufactured meth."
The Warren County Drug Task Force works with local, state, and federal agencies in the fight against illegal drugs.
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