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Latest news: 3-3-2010

Meth residue a hazard to law enforcemnt and residents

IL - Homes that were used to manufacture methamphetamine pose a danger not only to law enforcement, but also to any inhabitant who moves into the dwelling after the meth lab has been dismantled.Residual chemicals associated with meth labs often contaminate porous surfaces within the home, such as drywall and carpets. The health effects of being exposed to residual chemicals can range from irritated skin to respiratory problems. The reason for the range of reactions, explains Tom McNamara, a part-time consultant for training and grants with the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group, is that there are different types of meth labs that utilize different chemicals.

Full story, The Southern Illinoisan

DEA calls meth the fastest-growing drug threat in Mississippi

MS - Methamphetamine wrecks lives because it wrecks the brain. And it destroys self control. So says Cathy Dixon, a Jackson-area psychologist and consultant who lectures on meth abuse. "The first thing you're going to find in a home where meth is abused is pornography," she said. "The second thing is weapons." Meth is a pervasive, illegal stimulant the Drug Enforcement Administration calls the fastest-growing drug threat in Mississippi. Last year, at least 620 seizures of meth laboratories were made by law enforcement - more than double the number in 2008. For those who go into rehabilitation for meth abuse, the recovery phase can be a lengthy, difficult process. That's because, depending on the severity of the addiction, repairing the brain offers a unique challenge to mental health experts.

Full story, The Clarion Ledger

Hawaii, former teacher serves time in federal prison for meth

HI - Lynn Dionise, a former special education teachers, was scheduled for sentencing on state drug charges Tuesday, but she couldn't make it. Dionese, 52, is serving time in federal prison on the Mainland in another drug case. Attorneys say the state and federal drug cases were not directly related, although both were prosecuted at the same time. Hawaii County Police raided Dionise's condominium in Keaukaha in Apri 2008 and where they found about 7 grams of crystal methamphetamine and about $13,000 in cash in a safe. She was charged in state court with drug distribution and later pleaded guilty to promoting dangerous drugs in the second degree, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Full story, KI-TV

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