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Latest news: 08-04-2010

Girls at higher risk for drug, alcohol abuse than boys

VA - A new study suggests that girls may be more at risk than boys. The report says that stress is a key reason kids turn to drugs and alcohol. One group of teen workers in Alexandria says they hear it all the time at school. "They're doing it because of problems at home and because of friends around and because of school," said Donya Wright. "It's always a reason -- could be having family problems or they just want to fit in," added Nancy Martinez. "Maybe they just think it's going to escape from whatever the problems are at the moment."

Full story and video, from WJLA-TV

Ohio battles meth with program aimed at retailers, staff

OH - With the discovery of roughly three labs every month, Akron remains Ohio's methamphetamine capital. The makeshift operations have been found in homes, cars and hotel rooms. And the common ingredients and equipment used to make the drug are readily and legally available at most any grocery or drugstore. To combat the drug rage, Akron police and the Ohio Attorney General's Office on Tuesday held a news conference at a local Acme Fresh Market store to announce Face: Meth, an awareness program and partnership initiative aimed at retailers and their employees.

Full story, The Akron Beacon Journal

Men suspected of selling meth chemicals, dog killed during search

CA - Two men were arrested last week on charges of selling chemicals needed to make meth, according to Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force Commander Bob Nishiyama, and a pit bull-mix was shot. Craig Gelber and Larry McCarty allegedly sold red phosphorus and iodine to undercover Task Force members on two separate occasions, and both men admitted they had made methamphetamine, according to Nishiyama. Red phosphorus and iodine are hard to get in large quantities because they are regulated substances for which purchasers have to produce identification, according to Nishiyama, hiking their street value. He noted iodine can turn into a toxic gas, and red phosphorus can be explosive under the right conditions.

Full story, The Ukiah Daily Journal

Former snitch going back to prison for meth crime

MN - A former Superior drug informant apparently has made his last deal with local law enforcement and, after a recent conviction for selling methamphetamine, faces the full consequences of his crime. Now he’s considering an appeal. Last week, Paul Douglas Kastern, 44, filed for relief from a 12½-year sentence handed down after his conviction on drug charges. He will begin serving that time in the Wisconsin prison system when his five-year sentence for a 2007 drug conviction ends. The sentence was handed down July 16 by Douglas County Circuit Court Judge Kelly Thimm on the recommendation of District Attorney Dan Blank.

Full story, The Duluth News Tribune

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