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Latest news: 9-28-2009

US meth use down, but arrests up in Alabama

AL - For years, methamphetamine use was the fastest-growing drug abuse problem in the United States. It now appears to be slowing down.

A national study released earlier this month indicates methamphetamine use in the country decreased by 60 percent between 2006 and 2008.

Full story, The Tuscaloosa News

Summit attendees question US war on drugs

El Paso, TX - It's been called the U.S. war on drugs — a tough-minded government policy that for decades has targeted traffickers and addicts with prosecution and punishment.

But that policy came into question last week during a conference that brought together an unusually broad grouping of policymakers, academics and community activists from Mexico and the United States.

Full story, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Deputies make meth arrest in sheriff's office parking lot    

AL - Houston County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Dothan teenager Wednesday and charged her with possession of meth.

According to court records, deputies charged Darla Leann Cheek, 19, of Ross Clark Circle, with felony unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Records show deputies charged Cheek with possession of meth in the parking lot at the Houston County Sheriff’s Office.

From the Dothan Eagle

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