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Latest news: 3-26-2010

Ill. receives funds for program: "Not Even Once"

IL - Sheriff departments across Southern Illinois will receive a $250,000 to help amp up their efforts against methamphetamine. The money, from The Illinois Sheriff's Association and Senator Dick Durbin's "meth campaign," will be used to combat meth use and manufacturing in the 15 southernmost counties. Sheriff's Association leaders made the announcement in Springfield Thursday afternoon. The program's slogan "Not Even Once" stresses just how easily the drug can lead to to a life of crime.

Full story, WSIL-TV

Meth use on the rise in western Wis.

WI - Law enforcement says it is concerned the state's meth problem is growing once again. Drug counselors say fighting the war on meth is so tough because the drug is so powerful and the addiction is so destructive. They say the state's meth problem peaked about five years ago. "People were coming in for treatment who were incredibly paranoid and they initially thought that there was an increase in schizophrenia," said Brenda Goettl, a counselor at the L.E. Phillips-Libertas Treatment Center in Chippewa Falls. "Then they realized that it was part of meth addiction and withdrawal."

Full story, WQOW-TV

As meth abuse rises, child abuse, neglect cases rise

AL - As use of drug rises, so do cases, expert says in workshop. As methamphetamine use rises, so do child abuse and neglect cases, a national expert told a workshop here Thursday. Child welfare officers reported in a 2005 study that meth was involved in 40 percent of the abuse and neglect cases where a child was taken from a home, according to Robert Giles with the National District Attorneys Association.
The workshop was part of the National Children's Advocacy Center's National Symposium on Child Abuse being held in Huntsville this week, and Giles focused on the ways parents' use of meth can affect a child.

Full story, The Huntsville Times

Tenn., Stop the suffering of addicts lost in the "dark side"

TN - Meth cases have consumed users, cops and our news space for nine consecutive days. These cases span from labs in brick cabins, mobile homes and a motel quarantined from three labs. But what about the people who live in this meth mania known as the "dark side" or "out there?"  Police tell NewsChannel 9 the myths about shake and bake labs being less dangerous must be dispelled. And one former user was gracious enough to share her story.

Full story, WTVC-TV

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