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Warning to Farmers to Safeguard Anhydrous Ammonia

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Press Release Date: April 23, 2001    || Archived October 3, 2002
SPRINGFIELD, IL - The Illinois State Police (ISP) is reminding farmers to safeguard one of the chemicals they use in field preparation this planting season. Anhydrous ammonia, widely used by farmers as a source of nitrogen for the soil, also happens to be a key ingredient in the manufacture of the illegal drug methamphetamine. As a result, recent years have seen an increase in thefts of the chemical from farmers and farm suppliers.

"Educating the public about issues relating to methamphetamine production and the dangers of its use is one of our highest priorities," said Illinois State Police Director Sam W. Nolen. "Taking measures to prevent thefts of anhydrous ammonia is an important key to winning the battle in the fight against this illegal drug."

The Illinois State Police recommends farmers:

Locate nurse tanks in areas where they can be observed, in a well-lit place, if possible. Not to leave nurse tanks in the field any longer than necessary and avoid letting them sit before and after application.

Report any signs of theft or tampering to the appropriate law enforcement agency. The Illinois State Police reminds farmers that methamphetamine users may be dangerous if confronted. Addicts suffer from paranoia and delusions, are frequently armed, and are prone to violence. The best course of action is to avoid intervening and report all suspicious activity to police.

For additional information on methamphetamine, including statistics, visit the ISP web site at the Info Center under "Information About Illegal Drugs."

For more information contact:
Public Information Office
Telephone: 217-782-6637
TDD: 1-800-255-3323

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