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Miss. governor signs meth bill

MS - Come July, Mississippians will need a doctor's prescription to buy cold medicines like Mucinex, Claritin D and Sudafed. Gov. Haley Barbour has signed House Bill 512, making any medicine that contains pseudoephedrine — a key ingredient in methamphetamine — a controlled substance as of
July 1. Supporters say the measure, which passed the House and Senate in recent weeks, will deter meth production.

Full Story, The Clarion Ledger

In Ala. county, meth is everybody's problem

AL - Marshall County made its first methamphetamine arrest in 1995. The drug got to Alabama through outlaw motorcycle gangs. Things have changed in the 14 years since that first arrest. The Marshall County Drug Task Force worked more meth labs in 2009 than in the past three years combined. It's a problem that exploded so quickly, public service announcements went into overdrive.Some of the purest forms of methamphetamine now come from south of the border. Drug agents tell WAFF 48 News the majority of heroine, cocaine, and meth come here from Mexico.It's an endless cycle of violence and addiction, a poison pipeline police and community activists are working to put a dent in.

Full story, WAFF-TV

Man gets life for meth-related death of toddler

HI - A Hawaii man who threw 23-month-old Cyrus Belt over a highway overpass while high on meth was convicted of second degree murder Thursday.Matthew Higa will be sentenced to life in prison. The prosecutor will ask that he has no chance of parole.On Jan. 17, 2008, Cyrus was thrown off a bridge and onto the H-1 Freeway three stories down. A delivery truck then ran over him.

Full story, Honolulu Star Bulletin

Surfing-based drug rehab program offers hope for addicts

FL - On Saturday, a half mile out to sea off Pillar Point Harbor, Santa Cruz surfer Darryl Virostko will pursue the richest paycheck ever awarded for sliding down Everest-like walls of water.Ending a two-year hiatus for the Mavericks Surf Contest, Virostko and his colleagues decided Thursday that conditions are right for the mainland's premiere big-wave surfing competition. For Virostko, it will be one of the rare times he has surfed it clearheaded and sober — a seeming advantage for the three-time champion and big-wave legend. Oddly, his newfound sobriety is likely to keep him from performing the death-defying antics that could lead to title No. 4. "I still love Mavericks — it made my career," said Virostko, 38, better known as Flea. "But it's not my top priority anymore." Virostko's rock-star life ended 16 months ago, spurred by one too many methamphetamine- and vodka-fueled benders, a bone-shattering tumble from a cliff and a signpost even he could see through the haze. Next stop: Death.

Full story, The Mercury News

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