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Latest news: 3-15-2010

Meth is a nation wide problem that must be confronted

SC - On a spring day two years ago, members of Berkeley County's "meth" team cautiously approached a rusty Winnebago in a country field. Deputies suspected someone was inside cooking a batch of methamphetamine. But they needed a closer look.  Suddenly, a man confronted them, then ordered his chained dog to attack before running to destroy the load of toxic chemicals stored in his mobile lab.
When deputies finally got the man out, he dropped to the ground babbling in paranoia. Hunting methamphetamine is a constant battle in the Lowcountry and in Berkeley County. Just like illegal alcohol stills from the last century, Berkeley's heavily wooded backcountry provides perfect cover for cookers with no thought about the damage that's spread or the pollution left behind.

Full story, The Sun News

Ca., Meth is a family business for some

CA - Nearly 100 grams of methamphetamine were seized and seven children put in the custody of Child Protective Services Thursday after a pair of Tehama Interagency Drug Enforcement task force operations in Los Molinos and nearby Vina. In Vina, on Seventh Street within 1,000 feet of Vina Elementary School, agents assisted by District Attorney investigators and Tehama County Sheriff's detectives recovered 39 grams of methamphetamine, 287.7 grams of marijuana, 25 Vicodin pills, scales, packaging material, drug paraphernalia and four firearms at the residence of Lance Wayne Son, 32, and Shannon Son, 38, according to a TIDE press release.

Full story, The Red Bluff Daily News

Idaho, Volunteers needed for study on prenatal exposure to meth

ID - The Behavioral Sciences and Cultural Studies Department of Northwest Nazarene University is looking for volunteers for research projects that aim to measure the effects of prenatal exposure to drugs and toxins on the thinking and behavior of infants and toddlers.

Full story, The Idaho Press-Tribune

Recovered addict helps others stay clean

ID - Jody Smith was jailed in 2005 on meth charges. But he's found life after meth through a support group of the same name that helps addicts stay clean. Smith said that being part of Life After Meth has given him a sense of stability because he now regularly associates with others who were in the same situation he was. He now serves on an 11-member board that helps give direction to the group. "For me, it's been a support group, and I've made a lot of friends who have been through the same things, trying to stay clean," he said.

Full story, WANE-TV

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