Meth Concerns

This week alone, law enforcement made a series of arrests related to the cheap and powerful drug.

The National Association of Counties surveyed 500 county law enforcement officials about the growing trend of methamphetamines. The study found that meth continues to be the number one drug problem.

Commander Kevin Lee with the Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics Unit said, "When it hits a certain community it spreads like wildfire because you'll have a small group that start using and manufacturing. They'll have friends that want to try it and it just spreads like wildfire. "

The study found that meth is twice as popular as cocaine and marijuana combined, and it's not just the use of the drug that's on the rise; so are the crimes that are associated with the narcotic.

Lee added, "Breaking in vehicles and stealing radio systems and things like that are on the rise because this drug is so addictive they have got to get it. They'll do whatever it takes to get it."

LT Tim Watkins with the Thomas County Sheriff's Office said, "It increases the activity of the department completely because of the extra crime related to the meth activity."

It may take extra manpower and hours of overtime, but authorities say they are doing everything they can to fight the battle against meth.

Authorities say Georgia has tightened its laws on selling certain non-prescription drugs used in the manufacturing of meth, and says this is helping fight the drug epidemic.