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Latest news: 10-26-2010

New legislation will target repeat offenders

IL - Attorney General Lisa Madigan Monday announced new legislation to strengthen state law on production and use of methamphetamine that will impose harsher penalties on repeat meth users and producers. The measure is aimed at the offenders who reenter society after a meth-related conviction only to continue cooking and using the drug in their communities. Madigan will work with Sens. Gary Forby and William Haine and Reps. John Bradley and Brandon Phelps on this legislation. "This legislation targets the repeat offenders who have been freed from prison only to slide back into their old ways, producing a drug that endangers their lives and the lives of their unsuspecting neighbors," Madigan said. "Protecting communities from the dangers of meth and its production is a priority for my office."

Full story, Carmi Times

Three children removed from home after meth lab bust

AL - Two people were arrested on meth charges and three children were sent to a hospital. It all happened after sheriff's deputies in Lawrence County conducted what's called a "knock and talk" at a home on County Road 81 in Speake. The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office says its drug task force got complaints about a home on County Road 81 in Speake for about three weeks. The complaints suggested some type of drug activity was going on in the home. Drug agents went to the home to find out what was really happening.

Full story, WHNT - TV

Former user speaks to youth about meth addiction

TN - A Tennessee man travels all over the country and the world to teach young people about the dangers of meth. Monday night, David Parnell stopped by the Boys and Girls Club in Simpson County, and we got to hear about his extremely interesting journey. "I'm 43-years-old, and I'm a recovering meth addict, recovering alcoholic, and an ex-convict," said Parnell. "But I'm also the husband to a wonderful woman named Amy and the father of seven beautiful children, and of course all of that overrides who I used to be. To me anyway, it does." Parnell had dealt with drugs for several decades, but it was an incident eight years ago that changed all of that. "I tried to commit suicide strung out on meth, and I had lost all hope and thought my wife and kids would be better off if I was dead, but by the grace of God I survived a head shot from a high-powered rifle," said Parnell.

Full story, WBKO- TV

New technology to help in roadside drug testing

CA - So you pull over the vehicle because the driver can’t decide which lane he wants to use, and he’s not drunk. His eyes look downright weird, and he’s definitely buzzed, but you’re not a DRE and there aren’t any handy. There may be some technology in the pipeline to make your life a little easier. With the Philips device above, an officer would have a suspected drug user place a test swab or strip in his mouth to collect some saliva. Two devices under development may make presumptive drug influence testing as easy as alcohol influence testing is with a preliminary breath tester. They rely on different techniques, and you won’t be seeing them by Christmas, but hey, dare to dream, okay? The technology developed by the University of East Anglia in the UK is from a spin-off company called Intelligent Fingerprinting. It analyzes perspiration contained in a latent fingerprint for metabolites of cannabis, cocaine and opiates. A metabolite is a substance created when a drug is broken down, or metabolized, in the body. The developers believe it can be adapted to recognize other drugs, such as methamphetamine and MDMA (ecstasy).

Full story, Police One

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