CHATTANOOGA, TN, (WDEF)-"This case was about meth that's what this case was about, start to finish, you take meth out of the equation, I think those two boys would still be alive"
For Bradley County's Assistant DA Steven Hatchett the Natasha Bates Trial proved not only to a jury but to East Tennesseeans we have a serious meth problem right on our doorstep.
"we've got small towns that are passing ordinances to deal with psuedoephrine, to deal with the meth problem, it's time the general assembly made it prescription only"
Dennis Young Chief of Police in Winchester Tennessee has spend years demanding that the powers that be in Nashville help their community.
"How many more children have to die before someone stands up, i'm tired of seeing the children of our community and the children of our state suffer because of one simple legislation that needs to be passed"
He says 11 cities in the Volunteer State have had enough and are following sudafed controls in Missouri.
"A Pattern that was started in the state of Missouri where a guy named Jason Grellner went from town to town passing city ordinances in the whole south east Blue Ridge region of Missouri"
The TBI say they have worked tirelessly to bring this growing issue to the forefront of people's minds.
Tommy Farmer of TBI Meth Task Force,"labs have increased, sales have increased, a cottage industry of crime has sprung up across our country, here we are 12 years into the battle and we are still losing children, this trial is a prime example of that"
Farmer added that millions are being thrown at combating meth when a prescription could go so much further.
Those in law enforcement told us that their resources are already pushed to the limits and Meth explosions, injuries, deaths and arrests need to be reduced.