Meth making comeback in Sterling

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Meth use is on the rise in Whiteside County, Illinois, according to a Sterling Police detective.

Police aren't seeing an increase in meth-related arrests, but police sources say more meth is being manufactured than in previous years, according to detective Alex Chavira.

"People are finding alternative ways to cooking meth. They are using alternative ingredients, and it's making it simpler," said Chavira.

A 29-year-old woman, who didn't want to be identified, said she knows the dangers of meth first-hand, because she was addicted to the drug for 13 years.

"I started doing it when I was 16," the lady said. "I was doing it until June 2, 2014, then I was busted inside a meth lab."

The woman spent the summer months in jail before getting help.

"I don't want to do it anymore. I want my life back," the lady said.

She's said she has been meth-free for seven months. She said she is hopeful that those using or dealing meth will follow her path to a drug-free life.