Latest news: 10-19-2009
Mont. clinic plans meth study to help women
Billings, MT - The Billings Clinic is conducting a study to determine whether antidepressants can help female methamphetamine users quit the drug.
The project will see if two antidepressant medications are of any use in helping 48 women trying to recover from meth addiction during the yearlong study.
Howard Knapp, vice president of research at the Billings Clinic, says women addicted to meth often have a history of depression, poor self-esteem, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
He says treating those underlying problems could help the women stay off meth.
Bill Slaughter, director of the Montana Meth Project, says methamphetamine abuse costs the state about $200 million annually.
Hawaii ranks high in national drug use
HI - Recent studies show drug use in Hawaii is up and the use of narcotics continues to climb.
A program recently brought to Hawaii is helping to tackle the problem.
Drug abuse and addiction continue to grow by epidemic proportions in Hawaii.
Successful meth rehab program facing shutdown
Allegan County, MI - A program in Allegan County that has been successful in keeping people off meth is in danger of shutting down.
Earlier this month we talked about the success of the program with Case Manager Steve Walker. He says every graduate has stayed clean and none of the nearly two dozen participants have re-offended.
We also talked with a recent grad, who says the program saved his life.
Walker is applying for grants to try and keep the program afloat, but says there's a long way to go if he's going to reach the fund raising goal.
The Meth Diversion Program Case Manager says it needs $120,000 by January, or it can not continue.
Record 16 meth labs found in one home
Matteson Township, MI - Authorities in Branch County on Saturday busted the largest number of methamphetamine labs in one location they had ever seen.
Sixteen different one-pot meth labs were discovered in the home, along with marijuana and firearms in every room except a child's bedroom.