ANALYSIS: Federal cuts force retreat in war on meth

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 | 2:23 p.m. CDT; updated 3:30 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 10, 2011

ST. LOUIS — Police and sheriff's departments in states that produce much of the nation's methamphetamine have made a sudden retreat in the war on meth, at times virtually abandoning pursuit of the drug because they can no longer afford to clean up the toxic waste generated by labs.