Task Force on Methamphetamine Usage

According to an article by Indianapolis Star reporter, Marisa Kwiatkowksi, the Commission on Improving the Status of Children (Commission) formed a task force to determine if there is a connection between the number of methamphetamine (meth) arrests and the number of child welfare cases.  The Commission met on December 11, 2013, and no Commission meeting minutes are currently available.

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) data on meth lab incidents in 2012, there were 1,429 incidents in Indiana of a total of 11,210 nationally.  Indiana had the third highest number in the country, with only Missouri and Tennessee having more.

According to a Indiana State Police report, in 2012, 372 children were found living in clandestine meth lab environments.  When children are found in a meth lab environment, there is an Indiana drug endangered children response protocol and comprehensive care protocol, coordinated by the Indiana Department of Child Services. Under the protocols, the child must undergo extensive evaluations to ensure that there are no immediate or longterm medical issues from the meth lab exposure.

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