Meth: It's here and we cannot deny it

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By Mallory Bilger

I’m a journalist, and a journalist loves to follow a good story. But it’s never necessarily fun to find out there are active methamphetamine production labs in the community that you grew up in and still love.

This week the Magnet featured a cover story highlighting five individuals who were arrested by Kentucky State Police last Tuesday evening for allegedly manufacturing meth in the Ridgeview neighborhood located on the Spencer/Bullitt County line.

Perhaps one of the most interesting facts about this story is that police received an anonymous tip, which allowed for the arrests to take place.

I’m excited the suspects have been identified and are being prosecuted and I’m also excited for the residents of this neighborhood that this dangerous situation has, at least for now, been addressed.

On the flip side, I’m saddened that those five individuals — guilty or not ­— somehow found themselves associated with the tangled, dangerous and addicting world of meth.

But this incident, like many we feature on the front page of our newspaper and on our website, proves the fact that this small, bedroom community is certainly not immune to the ills of society.

Meth is a huge problem across the state and two neighboring counties — Jefferson and Bullitt — are among the leaders in meth production in Kentucky. Citizens would be ignorant to believe that the problem just doesn’t exist here. It does, and we need to have a formula to combat it and other drug-related issues.

Sheriff Buddy Stump went on the record saying that there is a meth problem in Spencer County and it needs a resolution. I surely hope that issue is high on the new sheriff’s list of priorities to tackle.

Recently, the Spencer County Board of Education has worked to appoint a committee to investigate potential drug problems in the middle and high school. I think that is a good place to start addressing any drug problem, since those students are the future.

Undoubtedly, where drug manufacturing and usage are taking place, some young people are sure to follow. It’s a sad but true fact that most drug users begin in their teens, so this population cannot be overlooked.

The residents of Spencer County need to be on the lookout. Law enforcement cannot be everywhere all the time, and it’s time that people started standing up and reporting suspicious activity.

After all, you know your neighborhood and what is normal activity and what is not.

Obviously, citizens should not take matters in to their own hands when trying to eradicate possible drug activity and law enforcement should always be contacted.

Anyone suspecting any illegal activity should call the local sheriff’s department at 502-477-3200 or Taylorsville Police at 502-477-3231.