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.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

"You'd have to be out of your mind to do that."

Below, you will see part of a story from Hampton, NY.

A new law taking effect there is the banning of the precursors needed for making meth.

To slow down the consumption and manufacture of this drug, will take so much more than one or two laws or one or two neighbors paying attention. To steal a quote from Hillary Clinton, it will take "a village" to clean up this mess. One of the contributors to an article posted on this website suggested that people do not need to go to jail and that meth users are not violent.

I agree with Danika that ALL meth users are not violent and it may have something to do with their state of mind or predisposition.... however, it has been shown that the drug changes a person's behavior so radically that they find themselves doing things even THEY never thought they would. So I cannot rule out violence as a part of the symptoms of this drugs use.

I do agree with Danika in that I do not believe that prison or jail is "THE ANSWER", however if a person has committed a violent crime, then it is societies responsibility to treat them to some time away from those who want to "live" their lives without using illegal drugs to cope.

Until there are more answers to how to solve this societal problem and until there is more actually being done, I will continue to speak out AGAINST meth use and it's users. Just because someone else chooses to use meth does not mean that I have to turn a blind eye and feel sorry for them to the point of giving up my own freedoms.

Washington County District Attorney Robert Winn said the suspect would likely be charged with a new state law banning possession of the "precursors."

The law took effect in October, and allows for felony charges against those who have the ingredients and who apparently intend to make the drug."This is going to be one of the first cases, if not the first case, under that law," Leclaire said.

Illegal methamphetamine use has devastated other parts of the country, where users suffer significant health problems and commit serious crimes to feed their addictions.

It has yet to take hold in much of the Northeast.Those who manufacture the drug combine a number of deadly chemicals. The drug can be snorted, injected or smoked. Its manufacture, though, often leaves behind highly toxic residue and creates the risk of explosion or fire.

"I don't understand how anyone can try something that has Drano and lye in its ingredients," Winn said. "You'd have to be out of your mind to do that."

The remainder of this story can be seen at:


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