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Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 3:38 pm | Updated: 6:36 pm, Sun Mar 23, 2014.

Missouri has lost its long-standing, infamous title of the No. 1 meth state in the country.

For the first time in more than a decade, Missouri has dropped from the top spot to No. 3, according to just-released methamphetmine incident statistics for the state and the U.S.

There were 1,495 meth lab incidents reported in 2013, down from 1,960 meth labs investigated in 2012.

Indiana supplanted Missouri at the top last year with 1,797 meth labs. Tennessee came in second-place with 1,545 meth incidents reported in 2013.

In Franklin County, the number of meth labs investigated last year dropped to 68 compared to 102 in 2012.

See the Weekend Missourian for more on this story including one reason for the decrease in labs and comments from the county's chief narcotics investigator.

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