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Latest news: 05-12-2010

Cocaine users turning to meth for cheaper high

FL - The price of methamphetamine in Orange County continues to decrease, while South County teens appear to be moving from pharmaceutical drugs to heroin use, narcotics investigators say. Local law enforcement cites several successes in the fight against drugs locally, including drug and cash seizures that have disrupted local distribution, but some trends are alarming officials. In south Orange County – suburban communities with middle to upper class neighborhoods – illicit users of prescription medications are seeking lower costs and moving to highly addictive heroin, which costs about half as much as the street value of Vicodin and OxyContin. Cocaine users looking for a cheaper high are turning to methamphetamine.

Full story, The Orange County Register

Mock lock down at school to practice for meth exposure

CA - As methamphetamine labs are starting to pop back up in California, the Redwood Empire Hazardous Incident Team demonstrated how they deal with the hazardous material that can cause explosions or serious skin injuries at Eagle Peak Middle School while students were held in lock down mode on Tuesday morning. The simulation involved various organizations from the California Highway Patrol to firefighters and other REHIT trained individuals, including an Eagle Peak school nurse.

Full story, The Ukiah Daily Journal

Guard caught smuggling meth into prison

NM - A Metro Detention Center guard is now in the custody of the jail that employs him, suspected of trying to smuggle drugs into the prison. Authorities arrested corrections officer Anthony Kennedy on Tuesday following a two week long investigation after someone tipped off jail administrators that Kennedy might be bringing drugs inside.

Full story, from KOB-TV

High speed chase ends with discovery of meth

GA - A dramatic chase in Colquitt County was caught by dashboard cameras. The chase reached speeds of 90-miles per hour through dangerous intersections and along dirt roads. Once the suspects were stopped, police discovered a mobile Meth lab. Police had to tase the driver to capture him. They're still searching for his passenger.

Full story, from WALB-TV

Rotary awards students for "Don't Meth With Us" essays

NM - Methamphetamine destroys a person's body, it destroys personalities and it destroys families. This was the lesson learned by three winners of the "Don't Meth With Us" essay contest after participating in San Juan Rotary Club's "Don't Meth With Us" campaign. The campaign targets fifth-grade students in 22 elementary schools throughout San Juan County and educates them on the dangers of methamphetamine. "Meth is a train wreck," Paul McQueary, a member of the San Juan Rotary Club previously said. "If you don't want to get in a train wreck, don't play on the railroad tracks."

Full story, The Daily Times

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