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COLUMBUS, Ohio - During a news conference in Columbus, the growth of methamphetamine cases was one of several topics addressed by the Attorney General.

He pointed to statistics over the past three years, which show a dramatic increase in reported meth cases in the state; jumping up from 375 in 2011 to 770 so far in 2013.

Attorney General Mike DeWine attributes part of the problem to the fact that meth production is no longer just found in meth labs in houses and building, but more so in what is called one pot operations.

"You know they can do it in a very small space. They do it with 20 ounce pop bottles, plastic bottles they do it with Gatorade bottles," DeWine says.

DeWine did not pin-point areas where the most growth has been reported, but we found that the Mahoning Valley is not seeing an increase in methamphetamine cases.

"We have a drug problem in the county and without a question heroin is the drug of choice through out Mahoning County," says Canfield Police Chief Charles Colucci.

Other area law enforcement stated that heroin is by far a bigger problem here than meth and those who treat addiction agree.

"I think for a number of years now they've been preparing us for crystal meth and in this area. We just have not seen a huge increase in usage," says Larry Moliterno of Meridian Community Care.

DeWine did warn the public of an added danger, saying these one pot meth bottles are being discarded as trash.

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