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Latest news: 07-29-2010

Vt.'s meth problem ignites Gov. campaign

VT - No one has yet been charged in connection with last week's raids on methamphetamine labs in Franklin County, but the issue has now entered the statewide campaign for governor. Democrat Deb Markowitz traveled to St. Albans Wednesday for a briefing and tour of the lab sites from Police Chief Gary Taylor. "I'm a mom of teenagers. It terrifies me," Markowitz said afterward. On the steps of the City Police station, Markowitz outlined a four-point plan to fight crime -- including better officer training -- and computer software coordination -- and forcing prescription drugmakers to make pills harder to crush and abuse.

Full story and video, from WPTZ-TV

NACDS backing bills to curb Rx abuse

VA - Pharmacy advocates are keeping close tabs on three new bills, soon to be taken up by the House of Representatives, that they say will help curb the abuse and diversion of prescription drugs. All three pieces of legislation — the Safe Drug Disposal Act, National All-Schedules Electronic Reporting Reauthorization Act and Combat Methamphetamine Enhancement Act — are drawing the strong endorsement of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. In a letter sent Wednesday to the Democratic and Republican leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson commended committee chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and ranking member Joe Barton, R-Texas, for working with his group and moving the bills to the full House for consideration.

Full story, from Drug Store News

Woman charged with murder of infant son

GA - A Fayetteville woman has been charged with the murder in March of her 2 month-old male infant. Autopsy results showed that the infant died of methamphetamine intoxication. Kaisha Poulson was charged with one count of felony murder, two counts of cruelty to children and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to department spokesperson Steve Crawshaw.

Full story, The Fayetteville Citizen

A user is a loser, says Meth Task Force ad

AZ - Marielle and Landon De Baun of Willcox are the winners in the recent "A User is A Loser" Radio Ad Contest. The brother and sister team made the recording earlier this month at the home of XWAVE 104.9 and KHIL 1250 AM radio stations, which sponsored the contest along with the Willcox Meth Task Force (WMTF) and Willcox Against Substance Abuse (WASA). The contest was open to all school age youth. The requirement was that the ad should include the contest theme and be limited to no more than 50 words.

Full story, from The Willcox Range News

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