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Latest news: 05-05-2010

Waging a losing battle against meth

MO - When Leslie Roettgen fled from Marshall to Columbia in 2004 to escape her methamphetamine addiction and receive treatment, the drug followed her. "It's the devil in my head," she told the Missourian at the time. "Meth is the hardest drug I've ever had to get off of." Six years later, the Missourian made several phone calls to contact Leslie and follow up on her story. Sometimes, the story we hope to tell is not the one we find. "Leslie?" her sister, Lisa Cravens, said in a phone interview. "Leslie's dead."

Full story, The Missourian

Prison program targets meth addicts

IL - Christopher Moore clapped and cheered as a fellow inmate stood before about 180 of his peers, celebrating the completion of his prison sentence. In a few months, Moore, 32, hoped to be standing there, too: ready to face the world and to continue fighting the addiction that had plagued him half of his life. All of these inmates were united in their drug of choice: methamphetamine. All had volunteered to serve their sentences for nonviolent offenses at the Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center treatment program for meth addicts. Illinois started the national pilot program at the facility near East St. Louis in 2006. It's the first prison-based program to recognize what many treatment experts believe — that those trying to beat the highly addictive drug need special attention.

Full story, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Four arrested in meth labs, including two pregnant women

AL - Two methamphetamine labs were found and four people were arrested Monday night by area authorities. Mobile County sheriff's deputies arrested a Summerdale man at a mobile home in Theodore after discovering contents for a methamphetamine lab. In Tillman's Corner, two pregnant women and one man were arrested when Mobile police discovered a meth lab in their apartment. Sheriff's spokeswoman Lori Myles said that Patrick James Boyce, 43, of Summerdale was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and trafficking methamphetamine.

Full story, The Press-Register

Meth truck for Kanawha Co., W.VA to cost $100,000

WV - Kanawha County is in desperate need of a new meth investigation truck, officials say. Its current truck - actually a decommissioned ambulance donated to the sheriff's department in 2005 - is small, old, run down and was in disrepair for months, but now is finally up and running. County officials don't know for how long, though. Kanawha Chief Deputy John Rutherford said he plans to go before the county commission Thursday to ask for their approval to purchase a new, larger box-style truck for meth lab investigations. The new 16-foot truck is estimated to cost about $100,000 after all the lights and sirens are added, Rutherford said. "It's definitely something we've needed," he said. "This vehicle will allow us to be able to respond to scenes without fear of breaking down."

Full story, Charleston Daily Mail

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