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Latest news: 10-15-2009

ACLU may sue over Mo. pseudoephedrine law 

Jefferson City, MO - A Missouri branch of the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to file suit against two towns' efforts to crack down on production of methamphetamine.

Earlier this year, the town of Washington, Mo., in Franklin County adopted an ordinance requiring a prescription to purchase any cold medicine that contains pseudoephedrine — a key ingredient in the production of methamphetamine. Union, also in Franklin County, adopted a similar ordinance Tuesday.

Full story, Columbian Missourian

Hawaii high in meth-related crime, treatment admissions 

Hawaii is near the top in national rankings in methamphetamine-related crimes and treatment admissions.

Hawaii Meth Project Executive Director Cindy Adams told legislative committees Tuesday that the state ranks third in the nation for meth-related treatment admissions and fourth for meth-related drug offenses.

Adams said Hawaii emergency room visits linked to meth cost a total of $43 million in 2006.

She also said use of the drug among 10th graders in Hawaii has increased 87 percent from 2005 to 2007.

The findings were from the 2009 Hawaii Use & Attitudes Survey, which the project conducts.

The project aims to reduce meth use through public service messages, public policy and community outreach.

From The Honolulu Advertiser

Georgia Meth Project seeks funding for anti-meth campaign

GA - The Georgia Meth Project hopes to alert millions of Georgians in the coming months to the powerful effects of methamphetamine abuse.

The project, a private-sector effort in conjunction with the Georgia Attorney General’s office, is in the process of raising $6 million to launch a statewide television, radio and newspaper advertising campaign that will graphically show the impact of the drug on users.

Full story, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

County's meth arrests on the rise

MI - After several years of apparent decline the manufacture and use of methamphetamine appears to be on the rise in Allegan County.

Allegan County law enforcement officials gave a report to the county commission Thursday, Oct. 8, that detailed an increase in the number of meth cases they have dealt with.

Full story, The Allegan County News

Meth ring investigation nets 18 people

Austin, TX - Texas Department of Public Safety criminal investigators arrested 18 people in Gonzales County on felony warrants charging conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and conspiracy to possess and distribute pseudoephedrine after a nearly two-year investigation of a meth ring with links to Central Texas.

Investigators believe the ring used family members and others to buy pseudoephedrine purchases from pharmacies and anhydrous ammonia and other precursor chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Full story, KWTX-TV

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