FULTON, NY – Rotarian Tom Albegore introduced his fellow Rotarians to a close friend and co-worker, Fulton Police Department’s Senior Investigator, Mike Batstone.
Mike grew up in Fulton and went to college at Oswego State and was hired by the Fulton department after graduation.
Mike has worked in the area of drug prevention in Fulton for much of his career.
In 2012, Meth showed up, along with Bath Salts.
This changed FPD’s complaint rates from 7,000 in 1994 to about 15,000 complaints today.
He reported that methamphetamines have been around since 1897 when it was developed by a Japanese physicist as a medicine.
It has been used as a medicine by many European cultures.
Alcohol has a 12% addiction rate, opiates an 80% chance of addiction, while meth has a 98% addiction rate!
Mike has never seen a successful rehab of a meth addict.
There has been a huge increase in labs in the county recently due to the fact that meth is now so easy to make from items you can buy at the grocery store; $20 worth of materials yields $2,000 in profit.
Increased regulation of key ingredients such as Sudafed and fertilizer such as anhydrous ammonia have helped slow down meth production.