The City of Akron is taking further steps to promote public awareness about the dangers of methamphetamine use and manufacturing.
At-large councilman Jeff Fusco says part of the process is educating people on how these labs can cause problems.
"Right now it's vital and important for people to identify these meth labs," Fusco explained.
"These materials are toxic and dangerous to handle, so people could get hurt when they encounter these items."
The city passed an ordinance authorizing $10,000 to be spent towards an educational program to warn about meth use and the tools used to make it.
Akron City Council's Jeff Fusco and Russel Neal Jr by Aaron Coleman
Ward 4 Councilman Russel Neal Jr echoes Fusco's sentiment by saying education on this problem is vital.
"It's important that we educate the public on this problem through these pieces of legislation," Neal said.
The other two ordinances passed Monday night will put the cost of meth lab cleanup on the property owners to take the burden off of the Akron Police Department for getting rid of the chemicals found at the lab sites.
The other is urging the Ohio General Assembly to set a standard for assessment and remediation of homes where meth labs have been found.
Ward 10 Councilman Garry Moneypenny believes that the APD and the taxpayers will benefit greatly from this legislation.
Ward 10 Councilman Garry Moneypenny by Aaron Coleman
"Right now that cost is being absorbed by the residents of Akron, and with this we're trying to put some of that responsibility on the property owners."
The Ward 10 councilman, who has a background in law enforcement, says there are more "shake and bake" meth labs out there and that the drug can be made in many different ways.
There are many dangers that go along with meth making and usage, including people dumping the materials along the side of the road, causing fire hazards and causing issues for children who find these materials.
Moneypenny says that the problem has reached borderline "epidemic" status and that the three ordinances are a step in the right direction to taking these drugs off the streets.