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New laws target rising meth problem

OK - Several laws took effect in Oklahoma Monday that will help narcotics agents battle the escalating drug problem in the state. House Bill 3380 created the first Meth Offender Registry. The law prohibited anyone with a methamphetamine conviction from buying or possessing pseudoephedrine tablets, the main ingredient for making meth. According to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, the registry is a database of meth offenders tied directly to the agency's Pseudoephedrine Tracking System.

Full story, KWTV - TV

‘Full House’ star writes about meth, coke binges

Jodie Sweetin grew up in front of America as the cherub-faced middle child Stephanie Tanner on “Full House.” More than a decade after the show ended, Sweetin revealed that she was recovering from a meth addiction. The truth, however, was that all the while she was telling people about overcoming her battle with drugs, she was still using. The star writes about this in her memoir, “Unsweetined.” An excerpt.

Full story, MSNBC

Ex-officer sentenced for drug use on job

VA - The problem wasn't just that Christopher Franklin Bond had a methamphetamine habit, a federal judge said Monday. It was that Bond drove his police cruiser and wore his uniform, badge and sidearm when he went to buy and smoke the drug. "You were arresting people doing the same thing you were doing," U.S. District Court Judge James Turk chided the former Pulaski and Radford officer at a sentencing hearing in Roanoke. Bond, 33, pleaded guilty in July to conspiring to distribute more than 50 grams of meth. On Monday, Turk imposed a six-year prison term, to be followed by four years of probation.

Full story, The Roanoke Times

Methamphetamine use makes a comeback

WA - Action News has learned methamphetamine use is making a comeback. In fact, as KEPR Action News uncovered, it's the biggest drug problem in the Tri-Cities even if fewer people are cooking it. Multimedia Watch The Video Cough syrup, cold medicine, all pulled from the shelves to try to stop meth labs. Local police say it's working, since meth labs have almost disappeared, but meth hasn't.  In other words, people aren't cooking here, but they are using.  "Unfortunately we are still seeing a rise in the use of meth because we think a lot of the meth is being transported from down south," Capt. Scott Child with the Metro Drug Task Force said.

Full story, KEPR - TV

Man takes prison over meth treatment

OH - A 22-year-old Midland man was sentenced to prison for 10 months after he indicated he would prefer prison to obtaining treatment for drug abuse. Josh W. Dennis of Hales Branch Road, Midland, was convicted upon his pleas of guilty to two counts of aggravated possession of methamphetamine, both fifth-degree felonies.

Full story, Wilminton News Journal

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