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Latest news: 11-23-2009

Treatment program helps meth-addicted parents

Denver, CO - A Denver-based program is becoming the national model on how to treat families with drug addicted parents.

Methamphetamine has unfortunately become the drug of choice for a small group of Colorado mothers who are struggling to get it all done. Dawn Clearwater is one of those moms who found that with meth she was losing weight as she was plowing through her daily tasks: doing the laundry, making the school lunches, driving carpools, making dinner, giving baths and putting the kids to bed.

Full story, KCNC-TV

Six year-old girl found with meth in her system

Laporte, IN -  A 6-year-old Laporte girl tested positive for methamphetamine and police say her parents are to blame.

The girl is suffering from a condition called "meth mouth," caused by breathing vapors from the chemicals used in the meth cooking process. Symptoms include sores and rotting teeth.

The girl was taken to the hospital where doctors also found meth in her system.

The girls' parents are being held in the Laporte county jail facing a number of charges.


Doctor: Man charged in killings addicted to meth

Dakota City, IA - A psychologist says a man charged with killing his estranged wife and her boyfriend was addicted to methamphetamine and other drugs when he shot the pair along a road near Marshalltown.

Dr. John Fabian was the only witness called to testify in defense of Kyle Deemer, a 29-year-old from West Des Moines. Deemer is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of his 24-year-old wife Jessica Deemer and 24-year-old Bryce Mercer.

Fabian also testified Monday that Deemer might suffer from a personality disorder. Defense lawyers contend Deemer was high on meth and didn't have the mindset required for a first-degree murder conviction. Fagian says he also used cocaine, marijuana and alcohol.

Lawyers will give closing arguments Monday and the case will go to the jury.


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