AS THE SNOW MELTS...IT STARTS TO REVEAL GARBAGE THAT HAS BEEN DISCARDED IN AREA DITCHES.
THE CLEAN-UP IS USUALLY DONE BY LOCAL GROUPS SUCH AS 4-H CLUBS AND ADOPT A HIGHWAY PROGRAMS.
BUT, THIS COMMUNITY SERVICE HAS BECOME MORE OF A HAZARD WITH THE INCREASE OF METHAMPHATIMINE USE AROUND THE AREA.
AS LONG AS THERE'S CARS DRIVING ON THE ROAD, THERE'LL BE TRASH IN OUR DITCHES.
BUT RECENTLY THE TYPE OF TRASH HAS GOTTEN MORE DANGEROUS.
Sheriff Ron Cramer - "We're seeing somuch dumped around the rural area."
SHERIFF CRAMER IS TALKING ABOUT THE PRODUCTS THAT ARE USED TO MAKE METH....ANYDROUS AMMONNIA, LITHIUM BATTERIES, MURIATIC ACID AND SULFER.
ABOUT 5 POUNDS OF WASTE COMES OUT OF MAKING ABOUT 1 POUND OF METH....AND THE WASTE LEFTOVER HAS TO BE DUMPED SOMEWHERE.
Sheriff Ron Cramer - "Anyway you can think of getting rid of the materials they're doing it out there."
ENCOUNTERING THESE MATERIALS CAN CAUSE IMMEDIATE AND LONG-TERM HEALTH PROBLEMS....THE IMMEDIATE ONES INCLUDING CHEMICAL BURNS AND RESPITORY PROBLEMS.
ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WITH THIS DRUG IS THAT PEOPLE THAT ARE ADDICTED THINK EVERYBODY IS OUT TO GET THEM.
Sheriff Ron Cramer - "These folks get paranoid too....thinking that they're being followed. They could have an active lab in their car and discard it in the ditch because they think the cops are following them and not come back to pick it up."
THIS IS WHAT CONCERNS LOCAL 4-H LEADERS AS THEY ARE TO START PICKING-UP TRASH IN AREA DITCHES.
Jackie Johnsno - " We're still going to allwo them...we're gong to train them in what to do if they come across a meth lab that has been disposed along the roadside."
AN EDUCATIONAL MEETING ON WHAT ELSE TO LOOK FOR WILL BE HELD AT THE CHIPPEWA COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE, ON MARCH 14TH AT 7:30 PM.
IN CHIPPEWA COUNTY, SHAUN VERBOUT, NEWSENTER 13.