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Latest news: 05-18-2010

Meth on the rise in Central Nebr.

NE - You may not see it, but it is there. In the past few years, drugs like Meth are making a comeback on the streets of central Nebraska. As part of our in depth report, '5 nights in the fight against drugs' tonight we take a closer look at drugs in the tri–cities and how law enforcement is battling back. "It has always been big, especially in Hastings. It might seem like a small town but people are always running around looking for it," said former meth dealer Daniel Rodriguez.

Full story, from KHAS-TV

Number of meth labs jump in Western N.Y.

NY - There has been a large increase of late of meth labs in Western New York, where toxic chemicals are used to produce methamphetamine. The number of meth labs in Western New York peaked in 2006 before dropping off, but within the past six months, those numbers have jumped again.

Full story, from WKBW-TV

Anhydrous ammonia thefts puts farmers at risk

IN - An increase in illegal methamphetamine use in Indiana has posed a serious threat to farmers who use anhydrous ammonia, but a Purdue University expert says security practices can lower the risks. Anhydrous ammonia is used widely as a nitrogen fertilizer and as an economical way to put nitrogen into the ground. But over the last few years there has been growing concern over the handling of anhydrous ammonia — largely because of misuse as a catalyst to make meth, said Bill Field, Purdue farm safety specialist.

Full story, from Lafayette Online

Couple adopts 8 children, all exposed to meth or cocaine

IA - Doreen Terrell jokes that she looks forward to sitting down to supper someday in clean clothes, "without stuff on this arm and stuff on that arm." But for the time being, Doreen and her husband, Dale Terrell Sr., deal with stained shirt sleeves; it seems their hands are always full as they care for the eight special-needs children they have adopted over the past two decades. The children range in age from 16-month-old twins adopted in January to a 17-year-old boy. All were born with either meth or crack cocaine in their bodies.

Full story, The Des Moines Register

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