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Police Train to Handle Recent Drug Incidents

"The problem is that this portability has lead to the fact that people can leave their stuff in a backpack or in their car, and it presents a danger to responding police officers because these chemicals are toxic and they can also catch on fire," said Chief David Arnold.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg police say they're working to deal with the growing number of methamphetamine cases in the area.

Broad Street is one of the three areas in the past month that have had an incident.

"The problem is that this portability has lead to the fact that people can leave their stuff in a backpack or in their car and it presents a danger to responding police officers because these chemicals are toxic and they can also catch on fire," said Chief David Arnold.

For the police that is one too many and they're now training themselves on how to be safe; like wearing gloves. 

As Chief Arnold said meth can be toxic and flammable. That was the case this past July, when flames engulfed a Waynesboro home due to a meth lab operation.

Wednesday, Josie Lee McCormick was sentenced to a minimum of two years in prison for operating that meth lab.

Prevention specialist Lauri Ryder says the drug can have a lasting effect on a community.  

"It draws in a drug culture, and that draws it into neighborhoods, so for people who are using they are angry and aggressive and violent then that affects the neighborhood," said Ryder. 

And no matter how many times it happens, it is an issue that this community should be aware about

"I think it is starting to be a problem. If you have one case it’s a problem, that's just my perspective if anybody is using, then we have a problem," said Ryder.



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