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Ohio adopts a new tool to clear out meth labs
HAZ-MAT type containers are being set up statewide
Story by BRIAN BULL


 
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Five Ohio communities are getting special containers designed to safely contain and transport the highly toxic drug, meth.

The Attorney General’s office made the announcement today in North Canton.  Officials say these will help cut costs and time usually associated with cleaning up meth labs.

Lt. Anne Ralston of the Ohio Highway Patrol says the boxlike containers are essentially HAZ-MAT tools.

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“Those standalone containers….provide a safe location for those officers that are trained in cleaning up and neutralizing methamphetamine labs.  The materials used to make methamphetamines and the cooking methods can create a very volatile chemical situation.  Those chemicals can be very dangerous to law enforcement and first responders.” 


The containers will be used in Athens, Canton, Columbus, Lebanon and Ottawa.

The news comes as the attorney general’s office reports a record number of meth lab seizures this federal fiscal year.  So far, authorities say there have been 770 raids, compared to last year’s total of 607.

 

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