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Latest news: 7-27-2009

Ohio meth use down according to study

Fairfield County, OH - A recent study on drug use proves just how scattered and shifting drug trends can be in Ohio.

The Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network recently released findings that point to decreased cocaine and methamphetamine use, increased prescription drug use and steady, but high, heroin use statewide.

Full story, Lancaster Eagle-Gazette

Education campaign credited with helping reduce meth crimes

Casper, WY - Methamphetamine is no longer "the epidemic" it was five years ago, but it is still a problem for Casper, according to Natrona County's district attorney.

Michael Blonigen said that overall, felonies in the county have decreased for three straight years.

"A reduction in meth use is directly responsible for this," Blonigen said.

Full story, Billings Gazette

Budget cuts end lab cleanup program 

Topeka, KS - The effects of methamphetamine don't disappear when the drug is gone. The problems linger.

Dennis Stafford received a crash course in the drug when the state of Kansas informed the Topeka property owner that a meth lab was discovered in one of his rental homes in the 700 block of S.E. Gilmore.

Full story, The Topeka Capital-Journal

Addiction program for moms celebrates 10 years

IA - A unique program is celebrating an anniversary. The first Moms Off Meth group met 10 years ago in Iowa. Now there are chapters across the state and hundreds of women have turned their lives around.

Lisa Gray is starting over at the age of 37. The book she's reading, “From Addiction To Miracles," could be about her life. Lisa spent years in a relationship fueled by crack cocaine and abuse and it cost her dearly.

Full story, WOWT-TV

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