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Meth on the rise in the Panhandle

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The Panhandle is seeing an up rise in methamphetamine usage.

But State Patrol is working hard to reverse the trend.

People in Scottsbluff and its surrounding cities might have noticed a lot more headlines about meth lately.

State Patrol says a few years ago, pain killers and prescription drugs were the more prevalent drugs being abused.

But after working with local hospitals, State Patrol says its efforts to keep people from abusing pain killers has been pretty successful.

WING Task Force Commander Dana Korell says now that the issue has changed, the State Patrol is doing undercover work to help catch these criminals.

"Once the pills kind of slowed down, methamphetamine seemed to come back with a vengeance. And while this is going on with methamphetamines, we have medical marijuana coming from colorado. People still don't understand the law."

Korell says he hopes undercover efforts as well as informants, can lead to future arrests.

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