Illinois sees resurgence of meth

STEPHENSON COUNTY, Ill (WIFR)--- Methamphetamine or meth, a stimulant similar to amphetamine, is seeing a resurgence in Illinois.

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"We have seen a transition to meth maybe about a year to 14 months ago," says Perry Count Sheriff Dave Bareis.

A hike in meth arrests affects rural counties the most. Counties like Stephenson are not seeing an increase in arrests but law enforcement says usage remains high.

"Up here it's not as serious as it is in the south but it's still a serious problem," says Stephenson County Sheriff David Snyder.

Down in Perry County with a population of 22,000 people, officers make three to four related arrests each week.

Sheriff Bareis says this meth is not being manufactures in the state.

"We're not finding the homemade meth like it used to be. It's all crystal meth coming out of Mexico," says Bareis.

Regardless, both sheriffs recommend being vigilant of events around you.

"Drug addiction is not just a personal problem, it's a family problem," says Bareis.