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Woman, 78, faces trial on meth charges

Troy, MO. - A trial date of Sept. 14 is set for a 78-year-old northeast Missouri woman accused of making methamphetamine.

Eva Fink of Silex is charged with production of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child. Her trial date was set during a hearing on Wednesday.

Authorities say they found meth, meth-making materials, heroin, a handgun and Fink's 3-month-old grandchild at her home during a February raid.

Fink's 40- and 44-year-old sons, and a family friend, also face meth-related charges.

From the Belleville News Democrat

Rehab figures show meth still a problem in state with lowest drug dependence

Hawaii has one of the nation's highest rates of alcohol addiction but ranks as the state with the least drug dependence, according to a federal government survey released yesterday.

More than four out of 100 people over 12 years old in Hawaii are addicted to alcohol, says the study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, an agency within the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.

Full story, Honolulu Star Bulletin

Leader of meth ring given 69-year sentence

Mesa County, CO - A 50-year-old man who was the leader of a local methamphetamine ring was sentenced Wednesday to 69 years in prison.

Steven Anthony Valles was convicted by a jury in February on eight drug-related charges, including conspiracy, distribution and possession.

Full story, The Daily Sentinel

Meth Watch credited with bringing about drug testing for 200 businesses

Casper, WY - More than 200 Casper businesses have decided the prudent thing to do for their employees, their companies and the community is drug testing.

Some have been doing testing for years; others are new to the program. All of them have bought into the idea that the price for allowing alcohol and drug abuse in the work place is just too high.

Full story, Casper Journal

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