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Latest news: 06-29-2010

Warning signs, symptoms your child might be using meth

IN - A child using meth is a nightmare parents hope they will never have to face. Unfortunately, this nightmare has become a reality for many parents across the United States, including in Indiana. By paying careful attention, parents can often notice the warning signs of methamphetamine use in their children and get help before it is too late. The latest available data from the CDC shows 6.2% of Indiana high school teens have at least tried meth, which is higher than the 4.4% national average. The Indiana percentages peak by 11th grade, with 7.1% of girls and 7.3% of boys saying they have at used meth at least once during their lives. Due to the strength of the drug, once is often enough for a person to become hooked.

Full story, The Indianapolis Healthy Living Examiner

Effects of meth wide, lasting

LA - You only have to go online at thenewsstar.com and view the mug shots of those arrested on methamphetamine charges to see how dangerous this highly addictive drug can be. Users are aged well beyond their years, often with bad teeth and skin ulcerations. Rural areas long have been favored by those who would operate clandestine meth labs. Ingredients were readily available; danger of detection was modest. Law enforcement and drug enforcement officials hoped tougher restrictions on obtaining the common ingredients used to manufacture meth would slow the clandestine laboratories that were cranking out the drug like major manufacturers.

Full story, The News-Star

Couple says meth addiction can be beaten

AL - David Hamilton said he began experimenting with drugs when he was 14, but none of the prescription pills or other drugs affected him like methamphetamine. “I had never used anything I couldn't put down,” said Hamilton, 41, of Hackleburg. “But meth was it; I couldn't give it up. Nothing had ever made me feel that good for that long. It was great at first; it just sucked me in. “Then the bad comes. Once you get sucked in, it's too late. It consumes you. It becomes the center of your universe. For eight years, cooking (meth) and using was all I lived for.”  Hamilton wasn't alone. His wife, Wendy, was right there with him, using and cooking. “I lived eight years for the next cook and the next fix — that was my life,” said Wendy Hamilton, 38. She said the first introduction to meth created an “instant love affair.”

Full story, The Times-Daily

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