GREEN BAY – Methamphetamine was the focus of a seminar in Green Bay Wednesday.
The event was called Breaking Bad, for the popular TV show that centers around making the drug.
As a retired sheriff, Currie Myers has been around his share of meth labs – enough exposure that the labs helped destroy his thyroid.
“It’s my background,” said Myers. “When I was a law enforcement officer I was specifically dedicated to this kind of work.”
Myers is sharing his knowledge at Rasmussen College campuses across Wisconsin.
“I think we’re starting to see a resurgence of methamphetamine,” said Myers. “We’re certainly seeing imported methamphetamine.”
Myers says Wisconsin saw an 86 percent increase in meth cases from 2011 to 2012. In that time, there were 30 arrests in Brown County and 37 in Outagamie County.
“Methamphetamine is one of those drugs where you can become your own source of supply, which is essentially one of the worst kinds of drugs there can be,” said Myers.
Law enforcement students from the area are taking notice. They showed up at the seminar, hoping to learn more.
“It’s something that’s nice to have knowledge about so if I do meet it in the field, I’ll know how to handle it,” said Ethan Hyden, a law enforcement student at NWTC.
“It actually does look good on a resume too,” said Jeff Rauscher, a law enforcement student at NWTC.
The popularity of AMC’s Breaking Bad might have also filled some of the seats at the seminar. That’s the Emmy-award winning show where a high school chemistry teacher becomes a meth cook.
“In my opinion from a tactical point of view, from a strategic point of view, from the background and research that they do, some of the effects they do, I think it’s a pretty good show,” said Myers.
While Myers says the show isn’t perfect, if it leads to more people aware of methamphetamine’s dangers, he is all for it.
“It’s a huge problem,” said Myers. “It just depends on regionally what the drug market is doing at the time.”
Myers is now the Dean of the School of Justice Studies at Rasmussen College.
He’ll be hosting another seminar Thursday at the Appleton campus from 9 to 11 a.m.