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Latest news: 6-08-2009

Meth still major problem, but price has users turning to other drugs  

Medford, OR - The increased availability of prescription opiates and a bump in cocaine and heroin use are partially responsible for an alarming 45 percent jump in drug complaints over the past year, according to police.

"We are still seeing a lot of the methamphetamine and marijuana, which are always our biggest culprits, but the prescription drug just keeps growing," Medford Police Deputy Chief Tim George said.

Full story, Mail Tribune

Man sent to prison on meth charges

Murphysboro, IL - A Murphysboro man will spend 120 months in prison on a charge of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

Dale L. Bryant, 42, was sentenced Friday in the U.S. District Court in East St. Louis. Bryant previously pleaded guilty to a one-count indictment. In addition to prison time he was also given 5 years’ supervised release and was fined $400.

Authorities say Bryant was part of an operation making methamphetamine in Jackson, Williamson and Perry counties from October 2005 to May 14, 2007. Ten other co-defendants have also been sentenced for roles in the conspiracy.

From The Southern Illinoisan

Journalist's book profiles meth in small towns

CA - Journalist Nick Reding stumbled into Gooding, Idaho, in 1999, to report a magazine story about ranching in the sparsely populated flatlands northwest of where Idaho, Nevada and Utah come together.

It was there that Reding first encountered crystal methamphetamine, and he didn't just see it in one place. It was everywhere -- on the ranches, in the bars that overmatched police dared not enter and in the ranch bunkhouses where dealers dropped by like door-to-door salesmen.

Full story, Los Angeles Times

Meth Project uses graphic ads to deter teen meth use 

CO - More than a third of Colorado young adults and 20 percent of teenagers say they have access to methamphetamine, according to a statewide survey.

While 91 percent of teens disapprove of taking the drug, 24 percent say their friends wouldn't give them a hard time if they did, and 30 percent say they haven't tried to dissuade their friends from taking the highly addictive drug.

Full story, Denver Post

Kentucky sees increase in meth labs

KY - The number of illegal methamphetamine labs destroyed in Kentucky has increased in the last 18 months as meth "cookers" have found ways around efforts to limit production of the dangerous, highly addictive drug.

A 2005 change in state law to restrict access to a key ingredient needed to produce meth drove down the number of makeshift labs police found, but only for a while.

Full story, Lexington Herald-Leader

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