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State police: Meth is a growing problem in Mid-Michigan

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Meth making materials (File photo) Meth making materials (File photo)
GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Linda Stornello lives across the street from where police busted a meth house, and just blocks away from where another bust happened Monday night.

"Well I was kind of scared you know?" Stornello said.

She said she's afraid to live in her neighborhood, knowing firsthand how meth ruins lives.

"I have a nephew that's in prison right now because that's what he was doing," Stornello said. "And it caused him to rob banks and rob people and do things that he normally wouldn't do. It's dangerous and it's a terrible drug."

Law enforcement officials said meth is a growing problem in Mid-Michigan.

"It's becoming an epidemic," said Lt. David Kaiser.

Kaiser said meth busts in Genesee County are up.

On this date in 2015 there were four incidents. So far in 2016 there have been seven busts.

Which is well ahead of the 2015 pace that ended with 57 meth busts.

Kaiser said he isn't surprised by the increase.

He said meth is highly addictive because it raises the level of dopamine, which is the chemical that makes people feel good.

"When you ingest the methamphetamine into your system, instead of being on a scale of 1-100, this drug makes you at a 1,500,” Kaiser said. “So it's the best feeling these people have ever had in their life and they just can't wait to get that high or that fix again.”

Stornello said she wants these numbers to go in a different direction, so she can rest easy in her home.

"I just want to get them out. I don't want them here," Stornello said.

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