Latest news: 9-01-2009
Drug czar kicks off meth prevention ad campaign
St. Louis, MO - The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director, Gil Kerlikowske, today unveiled a new anti-methamphetamine (meth) ad campaign launched in Missouri and across the country, with particular focus on 16 States where meth prevalence, and lab seizures and incidents, are high. Director Kerlikowske was joined by U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan (MO-03), Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, and Colonel James Keathley, Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Indiana asks drug czar for money to fight meth
Fort Wayne, IN - Gil Kerlikowske said his meeting Monday in Fort Wayne with local officials about national drug control policy and strategy wasn’t much different from what he’d heard across the country.
“I think the issues are very similar. It’s very dedicated people from a wide variety of disciplines trying to make the problem less,” said Kerlikowske, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. “My job requires that I look at all the federal budgets that have a part of the drug problem in this country and to make sure that some of their budget funds are in line with what the president’s strategy will be.”
Man badly burned by meth lab explosion
Mobile, AL - A man is badly burned in a meth lab explosion at an apartment complex.
According to Mobile police, 27-year-old Thomas Edwards was cooking methamphetamine around 4:30 a.m. in the kitchen of his apartment at the Pine Trace Apartment complex on Schaub Avenue. The chemicals used to cook the meth exploded. The force of the blast blew out the front window, ripped a hole in the ceiling and knocked some shingles off the roof.
Someone drove Edwards to nearby Providence Hospital before firefighters arrived. Edwards was then transported to USA Medical Center where he is listed in critical condition with burns over 50% of his body.
Firefighters rescued a 50-year-old bed ridden man from the apartment where the explosion happened. Fortunately he was not hurt.