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Committee finding new ways to protect children from meth labs

November 29, 2005
By: Lacey Hanson
State Capital Bureau

Missouri is looking for new ways to protect children exposed to dangerous methamphetamine labs. Lacey Hanson has more from Jefferson City.

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Missouri will receive $250,000 in federal funds to establish a steering committee. The committee will investigate ways to better protect children who are exposed to dangerous chemicals from meth production. Senator Kit Bond says Missouri leads the nation in methamphetamine production.

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"Probably the most heartbreaking part of the meth problem is that more than 500 children a year are found in or near meth labs in our state and those are only the children we know about."

The Missouri Juvenile Justice Association and MU's School of Public Affairs will work together on the steering committee for the next two years to develop medical and legal policies for children. From the state capital, I'm Lacey Hanson.