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Latest news: 06-21-2010

Meth lab epidemic hits Saline County, Ark.

AR - Stricter state laws are doing little in the way of curbing methamphetamine use in Arkansas, especially in Saline County, where sheriff's deputies have busted more than 30 labs since January. Now officials are calling the problem an epidemic that will likely continue through the summer. Last Monday, when county investigators served a warrant in Alexander, little did they know it'd be the biggest meth bust so far this year.

Full story, from KTHV-TV

Pharmacists often at front lines in war on meth

OK - He never anticipated he would stop carrying cold packs or move iodine behind the counter. Or that he would collaborate with police to help fight a persistent drug problem. When Jim Spoon graduated from pharmacy school in 1975, the only drug problem pharmacists really had to deal with was people abusing codeine. Customers were allowed a certain number of ounces every 48 hours. They wrote their names in a logbook, and if you started to notice a customer coming in a little too frequently, you might call another pharmacist and ask if the customer was buying codeine as often there. Then along came methamphetamine.

Full story, The Sand Springs Leader

Group spreads meth message at PrideFest

CO - Jonathan Judge just wants to talk to people about drug use. He has a booth set up at the Denver PrideFest because he says, he needs to. "Unfortunately, there are higher rates of meth use especially with gay men," said Judge, program director for the Colorado Meth Project. "I think a lot of it has to do with the sexual properties of the drug." Judge says some studies show that the rate of methamphetamine use among gay and bi-sexual men is up to 10 times higher than the rest of the general population. That's why Judge is set up at the largest annual gathering of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender community.

Full story, from KTVD-TV

Undercover narcotics officer dwells on the dark side

CO - It's not that hard, Pat will say, working undercover, buying drugs from bad guys, constantly lying about your life and what you do. Besides, it's satisfying to put the bad guys away. Pat is not the real name here. As an undercover drug cop, Pat must remain anonymous, and he can't say much about last week's major drug bust in Greeley. That bust began with undercover buys more than two years ago, according to Greeley police and agents from the FBI and the federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agency. Sixteen suspects were arrested last Tuesday in Greeley raids, but 46 have now been indicted for drug and firearms violations.

Full story, The Greeley Tribune

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