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Latest news: 11-22-2010

Lawmakers push for pseudoephedrine restrictions

KY - Another push is under way to require people to have prescriptions for the popular over-the-counter decongestants that are key ingredients in the highly addictive and illegal drug methamphetamine. Some Kentucky law enforcement officials contend that the only way to clamp down on the proliferation of meth labs, which rely on pseudoephedrine, is to include it on the state's list of drugs and require a physician's prescription to obtain it. "We have a legal drug that can be created into an illegal drug very easily," said Dr. Praveen Arla, a Bullitt County family practitioner told The Courier-Journal. "I'm surprised that it's not scheduled because of that already. The potential harm to society that can come from this legal drug is pretty scary."

Full story, Lexington Herald-Leader

Faces of meth

LA - With the recent meth lab busts in Acadiana were looking at just how prominent the drug is becoming in Acadiana and the devastating effects it has on people who use it. Meth busts have seen to be all over the news lately but are the numbers higher than in years passed. "We're pretty much running dead even compared to last year. All of last year we had a total of 28 meth cases. So far this year we've had 26' says Lafayette Metro Narcotics Officer Captain John Babbin. Meth cases are different than normal drug busts Captain Babin tells us. They are more costly to law enforcement due to clean up involved with the volatile chemicals used. But these labs are usually small scale.

Full story, KFLY - TV

"I Hate Meth" campaign raises awareness for drug problem

TN - Meth has been and continues to be a problem in many communities around East Tennessee. In one of those communities, two young men, Jonathan Luallen and Toby Young, are fighting back with the "I Hate Meth Campaign. "Right now we are just trying to raise awareness for the problem that is in Campbell County," explained Luallen.

Full story, WBIR - TV

Scourge of meth takes a toll

FL - In rundown roadside hotel rooms, trailers in the woods and even cars, methamphetamine addicts in rural areas of North Central Florida are cooking up a drug that is said to be more addictive than cocaine and eats away at users like the corrosive materials that go into making it. Meth is a mere blip in Alachua County — police and drug counselors say they rarely see it. But authorities in Columbia, Putnam and other neighboring counties often must suit up in hazardous materials gear to step with trepidation into makeshift labs filled with vapors and chemicals that can sear lungs in a flash.

Full story, The Gainesville Sun

Simulated meth lab exposes students to dangers of meth

GA - Students at Upson-Lee High School got a close-up look at a methamphetamine lab and heard from a former meth addict last week. The program was presented by the Upson County Prevention Coalition, the Family, Youth and Children's Alliance (FYCA), and the Upson County Narcotics Task Force. Task Force Agent Andrew Pippin said the presentation had two points - how to recognize a meth lab, and the danger of meth. "We set up a simulated meth lab," said Pippin. "We want to show the students what these meth labs look like. If they are ever in a barn or with the friend of a friend, they'll know when they walk in what a meth lab looks like. Not only is the lab illegal, but being around it will have serious effects on your health and well-being.

Full story, The Thomaston Times

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