How hard is it for law enforcement to track meth?

With the four methamphetamine incidents this week, viewers are wanting to know why stopping meth users is so difficult.

KRCG's Crime Tracker Team did some investigating and found out some surprising information.

From big cities to small rural areas, meth can be found everywhere throughout Missouri.

"The problem is methamphetamine is frequently addictive on the first usage, and that's why makes it so dastardly in our society, Cole County Sheriff Greg White said.

Since the drug is so addictive that's why it's so popular and hard to put an end too.

The Maries County Sheriff agreed with White and added since it's so popular in rural areas it makes it very difficult to track.

"Right here in rural mid-Missouri meth is the most popular drug. It's easier to manufacture in the rural counties, Maries County Sheriff Chris Heitman said. People aren't as apt to get caught with meth labs here because they're fewer law enforcement officers and it's a bigger area. Out here you have fields to cook it in and the county roads to cook it on."

Heitman said meth isn't just having an effect on the people who use it, but on society, too.

"It's not just the use of the drug, it's the contaminants put in our environment, and the fact that places are catching fire because people making this drug, Heitman said.

Heitman said the precautions to stop meth aren't that strong.

"We're using the Pseudoephedrine tracking law as an investigative tool to help apprehend meth manufacturers and distributors. But that still is not quite cutting it, Heitman said. It's leading us to the source, but we need to actually stop the problem."

The Cole County Sheriff said there are two ways that could help law enforcement put an end to the issue.

"Making Pseudoephedrine a prescription, where it is requires a doctor to sign off on it. The other is to make the recording of the purchase of Pseudoephedrine electronic, White said.

White said if the record of purchasing Pseudoephedrine went electronic all pharmacies and law enforcement would know who, what time, and where Pseudoephedrine was purchased.

Right now a bill is being debated in the house to see whether or not people should have a prescription for cold medicine.

Most law enforcement authorities would like to see this become a law, so it would help them put a stop to meth users.