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Latest news: 11-30-2009

Colorado governor declares Meth Awareness Day

CO - Gov. Bill Ritter has proclaimed today as Colorado Meth Awareness Day, according to a proclamation signed earlier this month.

In his proclamation, the governor cited several meth-related facts surrounding the drug’s use in Colorado.

Full story, Craig Daily Press

Los Angeles to crack down on meth makers

Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles County is cracking down on meth makers by supporting a bill requiring ID to buy products containing certain chemicals.

Sheriff Lee Baca and other law enforcement officials are backing a bill that would require identification from anyone buying over the counter products that contain chemicals used to make methamphetamine.

Their personal information would then be stored in a database.

The ACLU worries that such databases could be misused by authorities and pharmaceutical companies looking to specifically target certain customers.


Indiana county struggles with meth

Elkhart, IN - Less than a year after a series of significant arrests in 2005, members of Elkhart County's undercover law enforcement unit concluded they had crippled a drug-trafficking organization importing Mexican methamphetamine into the area.

But in that eight months, the market for meth had been established. The drug began affecting Elkhart County in a violent new way. Small, volatile and dangerous homemade labs began cranking out meth.

Full story, The Elkhart Truth

Claims filed by meth-exposed cops denied

Ogden, UT - Of the more than 50 workers compensation claims filed by police with ailments believed tied to exposure to methamphetamine labs, all but a handful have been denied.

The dismissals have come mostly for insufficient documentation, said Carla Rush, adjudication manager for the Utah Labor Commission, which handles the claims.

Full story, Standard-Examiner

Family hopes woman's meth death can serve as warning

NE - Nearly five years ago, freezing temperatures and drugs proved a deadly combination for
Janelle Hornickel and her boyfriend, Michael Wamsley. They were traveling from Kearney back to their apartment in Omaha.

On the night of January 4, 2005, the couple made several bizarre and frantic 9-1-1 calls
asking for help finding their way home.

Full story, KHGI-TV

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