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Latest news: 09-27-2010

Wyoming Meth Project: Teens more aware of meth risks

Casper, WY - Teenagers in Wyoming are more aware of dangers associated with using methamphetamine than they were two years ago, according to survey results released by the Wyoming Meth Project on Friday. The group released its findings days after a study from the University of Washington suggested that a similar program in Montana was not responsible for a decline in meth use in that state. Local officials also discredited the Washington study. The Wyoming Meth Use and Attitudes Survey asked 2,652 students aged 12 to 17 in 22 randomly selected schools about how they perceive and use methamphetamine.

Full story, Billings Gazette

Impact of Hawaii meth ads debated

Honolulu, HI - An advertising campaign to curb methamphetamine use in Hawaii is spending $1 million to get their message across, but at least one group said it's not working. A new study by a University of Washington researcher said the statistics show meth use among teens in Montana was already declining before the campaign launched in that state. In Hawaii, Honolulu police said meth arrests have declined over the past five years. A 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey of Hawaii High School students found fewer teens are considering trying the drug.

Full story, KITV-TV

Opinion: Drug czar says pseudoephedrine laws work

After a downturn, methamphetamine labs are on the rise again in the United States. The meth produced in these labs is a cheaper, purer form of the same dangerous drug that has taken a toll on millions of Americans. And while methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug with serious side effects for its users, its mere production creates serious environmental and societal consequences. For example, the Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that every pound of methamphetamine produced can create more than five pounds of toxic waste; toxic waste which requires clean up by cash-strapped governments.

Full story, The Commercial Appeal

Meth users defy stereotypes

TN - Ann W. didn't fit the description of a typical meth addict. Ann, who asked that we not use her whole name, didn't look scraggly or malnourished. Her eyes didn't have that wild-eyed, paranoid glaze that is often seen in photographs of suspects arrested for "cooking" meth, buying the ingredients for it or using the extremely addictive drug. She was a 50-year-old divorced mother of two, trying to juggle the mental and financial hassles associated with divorce, raising children, running a household and holding a job when she was arrested on Oct. 15, 2005.

Full story, The Commercial Appeal

Grant worth $1.5 million uses meth to treat brain damage 

Missoula, MT - The University of Montana has picked up a $1.5 million federal grant to support the development of low-dose methamphetamine as a treatment to limit the damage caused by traumatic brain injuries. The Department of Defense grant was given to David Poulsen, a researcher in UM's Department of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. "This grant will help us optimize the dosing regimen and determine the maximum window the drug can be therapeutically applied," Poulsen said.

Full story, KPAX-TV

Man arrested for making, selling 'blue meth' 

AL - Authorities in North Alabama have arrested a man for manufacturing and distributing "blue meth" following a 2-month investigation. They raided a home at County Road 210 in DeKalb County, Ala., near Sylvania on Wednesday. They say it is the home of Luis Santiago Villa, 35, originally from of Durango, Mexico. Officers said the search resulted in the seizure of about 15 grams of blue methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia. This new type of crystal methamphetamine with a blue color tint is surfacing sporadically in the United States. Known as “blue meth” or “blue ice,” is allegedly more potent and more expensive than traditional crystal methamphetamine.

Full story, WTVC-TV

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