This is dedicated to Travis Holappa who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered on July 25, 2004 in Northern Minnesota. This was all due to meth. I am Travis' mother and I wish to make this devastation turn into a better thing by educating and exposing the truth about meth, the dangers, and the deadly consequences it brings about to individuals and communities.

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I want to do what I can to educate people about what is going on around the world with the meth problem. I want people to know about it BEFORE they even get the idea to want to try it. It is a dangerous drug and will ruin your life as well as all those who love you. I am on a mission on behalf of my only son, Travis.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Babies Among Meth Victims

Here is an article "In Our View: Children, Babies Among Meth Victims" found in the Joplin Globe. Adults can made the decision if they want to destroy their lives, but the babies.... oh the babies.... they have no choice what parents they are born to and the health, physical, psychological, mental and spiritual devastation they are handed. They are the TRUE victims. Kim

In our view: Children, babies among meth victims

An estimated 9.5 million Americans have used methamphetamine in some form or another — crank, crystal, speed or ice. For those who use this highly addictive drug, generally manufactured by non-chemists under questionable sanitary conditions in garages and basements, the attraction is potency, availability and low cost.The dark downside is that meth can create a dependency on first use in some people; it can lead to serious health problems for makers and users and it is extremely volatile, meaning that the fumes are toxic, flammable and explosive.A lesser publicized consequence of this concoction is what happens to children. If they are exposed for prolonged periods in home labs where the drug is being cooked, they could suffer respiratory problems, headaches, nausea, eye damage and decreased mental function. It has been suggested that prenatal exposure to meth could cause congenital birth defects and restrict infant development. There are risks, too, of premature birth or miscarriage. Police agencies treat meth labs as hazardous waste sites, donning special clothing and using breathing apparatus before trying to clean up chemical or toxic residue. We have not seen any numbers on how many children of meth mothers and operators of meth labs wind up with a health crisis. But their lives and futures might be jeopardized just by being around the manufacturing process, or by being exposed in the womb of a woman using this powerful, dangerous drug. So, the young and the innocent should be added to the list of potential victims of today’s meth rage. It is enough to make you cry ... and angry.


Anonymous Blue Cross of California said...

Great blog I hope we can work to build a better health care system as we are in a major crisis and health insurance is a major aspect to many.

Thursday, December 29, 2005 2:27:00 AM  

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