Governor Jack A. Markell signed two laws today to reduce illegal production of methamphetamine in Delaware.
This bill will make it harder for criminals to gain access to the materials they need to make meth. It will also give police tools to crack down on its production.
"Methamphetamine production and use pose serious, and often deadly, risks for users and manufacturers, as well as innocent people who just happen to live in a community where something goes wrong in a secret meth lab," said Markell during a bill signing ceremony at the Delaware State Police Museum. "Together, these laws help protect our young people from being introduced to highly addictive drugs and they protect our communities from the extreme health and environmental hazards that can result from exposure to meth."
Law enforcement agencies throughout the state have seen a steady increase in methamphetamine arrests. The number of meth-related arrests increased nearly 75 percent from 2011 to 2012.
“Protecting our families and children from illegal drugs and the crimes that often accompany them is an ongoing battle for Delaware law enforcement,” said Secretary Schiliro. “We are very fortunate to be able to work with our Governor and members of our General Assembly who truly have an understanding, dedication and compassion for those who are impacted by the effects of illegal drugs in our State. Today we have added a valuable tool in this effort focused on the use of methamphetamines.”