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National study shows fewer people using meth

MO - The nation's drug czar landed in St. Louis recently to launch a new anti-methamphetamine ad campaign, a visit described by some as a drop into "the heart of meth country." State officials talked up a plan to require prescriptions for over-the-counter cold pills that contain meth's core ingredient. The town of Washington, Mo., already took that step.

But in the wake of the reinforced attention on meth, a national study released last week concluded that use of the drug has dropped — dramatically so, in fact.

Full story, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

End of trial for death of woman who drank meth chemical   

Kansas City, MO - Searing pain and the fear of looming death filled Carly Morris’ last days.

Even her doctors could do little but hope and pray as the poison she accidentally ingested at a Kansas City methamphetamine lab slowly and inexorably burned through her body.

Full story, The Kansas City Star

Meth problem overshadowed prescription drugs  

MO - In the two years since the formation of the Scott County-Mississippi County Prescription Drug Task Force, awareness of the prescription drug problem has grown in both communities, said Richard Logan, a Charleston, Mo., pharmacist and deputy commissioned with both counties.

Still, while the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators reports a national decline of the severity of the prescription drug abuse problem, Logan said local investigators and medical professionals haven't seen it.

Full story, The Southeast Missourian

CPS takes toddler found with drugs  

TX - A 2-year-old boy was placed in the custody of Child Protective Services after authorities discovered he was left alone with methamphetamine and other drugs in the early hours of Monday morning.

His 25-year-old mother, Miranda Jackson, was in the Potter County Detention Center on Monday on $10,500 bond on charges of endangering a child, possession of a controlled substance over 1 gram and under 4 grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Authorities turned the child over to CPS after a report of a possible auto burglary led police to a motel in the 6800 block of Interstate 40 about 2 a.m. Monday, Amarillo police Cpl. Jerry Neufeld said.

They found people trying to jump-start a gray van, and while verifying that no burglary had occurred, they looked for a man they earlier saw run into a motel room after he spotted the officers, Neufeld said.

Jackson let them into the room, which smelled like burned marijuana, where they found the toddler near the methamphetamine and "could have ingested it at any time," Neufeld said. Police determined that the child previously had been left alone, Neufeld said.

From Amarillo Globe-News

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