SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- Springfield police are mapping out the city's methamphetamine problem one home at a time. It's a move to let potential homeowners know what they're getting into, and to let you see what your neighbors might be up to.
Starting Friday morning, anyone living in Springfield, or interested in buying here can see exactly what has gone on inside a home that's potentially on their short lists to buy. The Springfield Police Department's website will pinpoint where meth labs have been found.
The police chief says it's one more tool in the fight against meth.
Just this week, pharmacies in the state joined a new computerized tracking system to try to stop meth makers who try to buy too much medicine containing pseudoephdrine, a key ingredient in meth production. The Springfield Police Department's new map throws one more wrench into their plans.
"We decided we needed to show people where these meth labs are being discovered," said Chief Paul Williams. "All those chemicals and the leftovers from that is such a health concern for parents and kids, and we're trying to really make it safer for people."