Meth is becoming an epidemic in South Central Kentucky, and a problem that is quickly outgrowing police. This comes at a time when many area sheriff's departments are already understaffed due to budget shortfalls.
"It is tough, because with the meth problem we have in Butler County, there's always something that needs to be done and you never get caught up."
Butler County Sheriff Kenneth Morris says approximately 55% of his budget is being used in the battle against meth. Meanwhile, Hart County's Sheriff says roughly 40% of his funds are used to combat the problem.
"We still never get caught up, and when you take more of my deputies off the streets, they aren't going to be covered."
Officers agree these are hard numbers to take, but necessary if there's any hope in fighting the drug.
"We're going to have to do the best we can. We'll have to see if KSP can assist us. That's all we can do."
But with an already heavy workload, can Kentucky State Police fill the gap?
Watch WBKO at 6:00 Wednesday night to see how they're already planning to help, in our special report "Under-Covered."