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Indiana lawmen see increase in meth production

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — An increase in the number of “Mom and Pop” meth labs has prompted a renewed awareness effort among law enforcement agencies in Vigo County.

Sheriff Jon Marvel has asked area businesses that sell potential methamphetamine ingredients to meet next week with him, Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt, and Brian McLish of Pytrus Systems to discuss a system to track the sale of pseudoephedrine.

“We do believe the meth problem is on the rise again,” Modesitt said Monday, just a day after four Terre Haute police officers were treated at a hospital for inhaling anhydrous ammonia during pursuit of a rolling meth lab.

Both Modesitt and the Vigo County Drug Task Force members agree there are two main causes for the increase. In December, a drug bust rounded up area dealers who imported crystal methamphetamine from the western United States, virtually shutting down that supply.

Full story, Terre Haute Tribune Star

Hello, do you have any meth for sale?

NEWPORT, Ore. -- A burglary suspect went door-to-door asking people where he could buy methamphetamine just four blocks away from where a homeowner caught him in the act of robbing a house, according to police in this Oregon Coast community.

The investigation started around 8 p.m. Thursday, May 28, when a Newport homeowner reported interrupting a male subject burglarizing his home.

The homeowner confronted the suspect, recovered the property and chased the suspect through the neighborhood before calling police.

A half hour later police responded a few blocks away from the burglary to calls reporting a male subject going door-to-door asking residents if they knew where he could purchase methamphetamine.

Full story, KCBY.com

Frog hunt turns bad for meth user

A Tracy man has been convicted of voluntary manslaughter for fatally shooting his friend after a frog-hunting trip in Brentwood during which both men were high on methamphetamine.

Jared Alger, 30, faces more than 20 years in prison in the shooting death of Steve Goodmanson, 40, on Aug. 27, 2006.

The men were among a group of friends out hunting for bullfrogs, rabbits and coyotes, Barker said. Both Alger and Goodmanson had been using methamphetamine, she said.

Full story, San Francisco Chronicle

Ex-meth user forms 'Addicts to Athletes'

PUEBLO, COLO. -- Drug and alcohol addiction -- problems many Americans struggle with.

Now though, for those seeking help, there is a new program dedicated to the recovery of both the mind and body. It is called "Addicts to Athletes."

"I am a recovering meth addict. I used meth for nine years and now I have been sober for four," Rob Archuleta said.

Archuleta said during his recovery he noticed he started to gain weight. That is when he said a friend encouraged him to start running.

"I just never felt better in my life. I found that runner's high that is a natural high," Archuleta said.

He said before he knew it he was running races and added the exercise became part of his recovery.

"I just felt better about myself. I was not depressed and I was not having anxiety, and if I did feel stressed I would just go out and run," Archuleta said.

Fulll story, The Colorado Connection

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