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Latest news: 09-03-2010

Editorial: Meth battle requires continued prevention, intervention

OK - The recent Crystal Darkness Conference held at the University of Central Oklahoma  has created an opportunity for renewed discussion regarding the negative impact of methamphetamine abuse on our state and communities. What has been made abundantly clear is that if we are to rid Oklahoma of the methamphetamine problem, we must first address the cause: the never-ceasing demand for this, and other drugs, resulting from untreated addiction. The only means to achieve long-term success in this area is to invest in the implementation of evidence-based prevention programs and effective treatment options. Doing so will provide a payback that is worth many times more than the initial cost.

Full editorial, The Oklahoman

Young adults testing positive for hepatitis C in southern Ore. 

Roseburg, OR - Ever since a disease prevention center moved locations in Roseburg, it's seen an increase in Hepatitis C cases among young adults. In the past four weeks, staff say a lot more people between the ages of 19 and 30 are testing positive. Harm Reduction Center thinks more people are becoming aware of the dangers of IV drug use, especially with meth. Staff say the dangers are increasing through the internet.  People are finding drug parties, sharing needles, and having unprotected sex, which puts them at risk for another disease. "Your libido is extremely stimulated through a drug, then you're at a risk for HIV and aids.  Boom.  Co-infection.  So we're fighting that as well," said Jody Howell, Outreach Prevention Educator. Staff say Hepatitis C can show up up to 30 years later.  The center encourages people to use its free testing center to check for Hepatitis C and HIV.


Pair arrested after 20 pounds of meth found

TX - Department of Public Safety troopers working patrol along Interstate 40 Wednesday in Carson County arrested two people after troopers said they found more than 20 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside their vehicle. Troopers said Kimberly Jennifer Carpio, 24, and her passenger Kevin William Carpio, 20, both of Yucca Valley, Calif., were eastbound on I-40 about two miles west of Conway in a 2001 Ford minivan when a trooper stopped the pair for a registration violation.

Full story, Amarillo Globe News

Two school officials arrested on meth charges

Las Vegas, NZ - Police say a 53-year-old Las Vegas school principal and a 48-year-old office manager at another campus have been arrested on methamphetamine possession and other charges. Clark County school police say Simmons Elementary School office manager Joseph Rodriquez was arrested Thursday after a bag of methamphetamine was found in the office at the school in North Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Friday that Dondero Elementary School Principal LeRoy Espinosa was arrested later at a home he and Espinosa share in northwest Las Vegas. Both men were booked at the Clark County jail pending court appearances on felony meth possession and misdemeanor marijuana and drug paraphernalia charges.

From The Reno Gazette-Journal

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