Breaking Good: Local narcotics team gains traction as it grapples with meth 'epidemic'

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Household items such as drain cleaner, ether from aerosol cans, lithium batteries and ammonium nitrate from cold packs are some of the ingredients used to cook methamphetamine. "And this is what they ingest in their bodies?" Maddox commented on meth users.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 04:02 PM.

Lt. Bruce Maddox hates the show "Breaking Bad." As the Narcotics Unit Supervisor at Walton County Sheriff's Office, he has good reason.

"It glorifies meth manufacturing," he said.

For Maddox, meth is not a source of entertainment, it's a dangerous threat to users, communities and first responders. 

"I will stand in front of any sheriff in any jurisdiction and tell them they have a meth problem in their area. It's an epidemic," he said.

Meth isn't a new drug fad. In fact, Maddox has spent most of his 21 years as a police officer combating the growing problem.

"Crack's still a problem, prescription drugs are still there, marijuana is still there, cocaine is still there, but cases involving meth are the worst I've ever had to deal with in the narcotics unit," Maddox said. "Eight out of 10 calls we get from the public is related to meth and it's not just in North Walton, it's South Walton too."


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