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Bill Targets Meth Making Around Children

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by Todd Walker

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - State lawmakers want meth makers in Tennessee to do even more time if the highly addictive drug cocktail is made around the most vulnerable -- children.

Currently, if a child is found in a meth-lab bust - the eyes of the law don't see that as child abuse. Two members of the General Assembly hope to change that.

East Tennessee State Sen. Doug Overbey along with State Rep. Dale Carr plan to introduce a bill this upcoming legislative session which would automatically bring child abuse charges against anyone making meth when children are present.

"The way we understand the current law is that there has to be some visible sign of physical injury," Overbey said. "And we think there's injury, in fact, just by being present."

The bill will be introduced when the General Assembly reconvenes in January. Sen. Overbey is hopeful it will have wide support.

Earlier this year, the TBI said Tennessee leads the nation in meth use.


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