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.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Meth is now "problem" in the UK

The UK is starting their struggle with the wickedness of Meth. What other countries have problems with meth? Is this drug hitting with the invisible force it has used to ravage the United States? It has left behind in it's wake lives, dreams, hopes and families that will take lifetimes to restore.

I agree that there is a whole generation that is being touched by this evil. Not only one generation either but 4 generations. I know in my own family... my parents, myself, my children and theirs have all been affected in one way or another. So many many people I know have had their lives personally touched by this lie known as meth.

Meth is a lie...It tells it's users lies when it tempts them to start using only to leave them empty and addicted hoping for death. Kim

Nationwide alert over deadly crystal meth hitting UK streets

By Sophie Goodchild and Francis Elliott
Published: 15 January 2006

Ministers are planning to tighten the laws on the highly addictive drug crystal meth amid fears that its use is on the increase in Britain. Charles Clarke, the Home Secretary, will this week highlight the dangers of the drug and promise a review of its class B status in response to warnings from police and health experts.

This crackdown on "ice", as the drug is also known, comes as the Government is also expected to announce its decision on the classification of cannabis.

Meth, or methamphetamine, has become popular among gay men, with an estimated one in five in London now using the mood enhancer on a casual basis.

There are concerns that meth could become more popular than crack cocaine. Meth is the most addictive and destructive drug on the black market in the US, where it has wrecked many lives. The American singer Rufus Wainwright, who was temporarily blinded by the drug, is among celebrities who have admitted overcoming an addiction.

Senior police officers believe the drug, which can be made with inexpensive over-the-counter ingredients, is being manufactured in the UK.

An internal report by Scotland Yard identified Hampshire and London as two areas where they suspect illicit production is taking place.

Users claim that the drug, which is many times more potent than ecstasy or cocaine, can give an artificial high for as long as 10 hours, as well as causing dramatic weight loss. It has also been called a sex drug because users claim it increases arousal.

But its side effects can be devastating, including psychosis and heart and lung problems. According to US researchers, the stimulant, which is snorted, injected or taken in pill form, can also cause tooth loss and extreme violence.

In towns across the US, the drug has created a whole generation of "meth orphans", children whose addict parents have either ended up in jail, in hospital or have killed themselves.

The extent of meth use in Britain is not yet fully known but the Government's drugs body, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, has published a report stating that its use should be closely monitored. It has also recommended that drug-related deaths should be analysed to see if meth was a factor.

The Association of Chief Police Officers has launched an extensive review of the impact of the white, odourless substance and its harmful effects. Andy Hayman, the chairman of the ACPO drugs committee and assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan police, said: "This research will continue the work already undertaken to identify intelligence relating to meth."

Richard Cazaly, who was named by police as the man responsible for stabbing Abigail Witchalls, was known to use the drug.

The Terrence Higgins Trust is planning an awareness campaign about the dangers of meth, which it says is a concern among the gay community, and called for more research to be carried out. "The health effects can be quite severe and there is concern for regular users," said Rod Watson, a spokesman.

Originally used in nasal decongestants and bronchial inhalers, meth was developed early this century from amphetamine as an appetite suppressant.

From battle to the street: the uses of meth

Crystal methamphetamine is a class B man-made stimulant which comes either as a white crystalline powder or solid

STREET NAMES of the powder include "crank" or "speed", while the solid is known as "glass", "ice", "crystal meth" and "meth".

FIRST SYNTHESISED in Japan in 1919 by the chemist A Ogata.

ADMINISTERED AS Pervatin to both Allied and Axis soldiers during the Second World War to help them endure the strains of battle.

RUMOURED TO have been used by Hitler during the last five years of his life.

USUALLY SMOKED using glass pipes , similar to those used for crack cocaine but can also be snorted. Half a gram costs around £25.

PRODUCES AN euphoric high lasting 6-8 hours, with an increase in energy and a reduction in inhibition.

APART FROM being highly addictive, meth can also cause weight loss, mental confusion and death.

ILLEGAL FORMS produced on home-made equipment (pictured below) often produce a smell of ammonia.

DOCTORS CAN prescribe the drug legally as a temporary treatment for obesity.


Blogger Peakah said...

Wow, fascinating blog focus...

I remember an appartment I had near the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque... it was adjacent to a storage complex...

One night we smell this funky smell and see cop car lights everywhere...

Someone was cooking up meth in a public storage unit! They don't grow them all the bright down there in NM... It freaked me out that that crap was being made only several yards from my bedroom window!

Keep up the good work!

Sunday, January 15, 2006 7:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peakah-don't believe everything your hear! Most meth addicts don't do anything close to the things the "psyco"crap in these stories. And just think how civilized everyone on meth would probably act if they were legally able to use it and then you could know who these "freaks" were so if you thought what they did(meth not violence)was wrong you could steer clear of "them" instead of having to wonder?
Kim-great story!Once again I can always count on you to continue to do what the government had planned for you...spreading more of their propaganda. I'm sure your son would be proud.

Monday, January 16, 2006 10:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are obviously paranoid and you must be on some kind of drug.. you sound paranoid schizophrenic. Someone we can all listen to.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 3:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

Dear anonymous: No, I am not paranoid... but I do know what paranoid schizophrenia is as several of my family have it after getting off of meth.

My post of January 17th was not based on thin air... it was posted to ALL the comments I have received. Some favorable some not so favorable.

So keep checking and enjoy the different view points and the friendly banter.

Thanks, Kim

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 6:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MOST meth addicts don't go crazy, at first. But given enough time, MOST will. It may take months or it may take years, but most, if not all, will get there. You can't expect to poison your mind and body and not have consequences. I have never seen anyone use meth and be better off because of it.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 10:53:00 PM  

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