Evansville Is NOT The Meth Capital of The World in 2019
There's an article that is being re-shared on Facebook from The Recovery Village stating that Evansville is the "Meth Capital of the World." However, that is not true.
This was an article that gained a lot of attention last year too. The article is from 2014. It states that Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois made the top ten states with the most meth labs. Indiana ranked in at number one. Evansville, in particular, was mentioned as the most problematic area in the state, country, and world. Check out what The Recovery Village had to say:
The number one state that has now taken over as the meth capital of the U.S. and the meth capital of the world is Indiana. Indiana has busted thousands of meth labs, and it’s particularly problematic in Vanderburgh County, which is the area around Evansville. It’s gotten so bad in this so-called meth capital of the world and meth capital of the U.S. that public officials are warning people that trash left outdoors could be corrosive, toxic or flammable.
While the information was accurate for 2014, that is not the case in 2019! The Evansville Police Department has been hard at work battling the meth problem, and have greatly reduced the amount of meth labs in the area. The EPD said that in 2013, 115 meth labs were reported in the Evansville area. In 2017, only 15 were reported and most of the meth in the area is not manufactured here but is being imported. The number of meth labs in 2018 was even lower. Also in 2018, Indiana was named number seven by WalletHub for highest drug use per state. They also said that the police department continues to battle other drugs like opioids and prescription medications.