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.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Agencies attempting to save children from drug-related tragedies (Texas)

By ASHLEY COOK, The Lufkin Daily News

Local agencies are organizing their response to the growing crisis of children suffering death and injury at the hands of methamphetamine-addicted adults, according to Angelina County District Attorney Clyde Herrington.

The county's multi-disciplinary team – including child advocacy, law, prosecution and medical agencies – had a preliminary meeting two weeks ago to begin a plan of attack to save children from drug-related tragedies.

Tragedies like the deaths of 15-year-old Candice Alexander and 2½-year-old Bailey Heald. Alexander was savagely beaten in May 2003, injected with a lethal dose of meth by her mother and step-father. Heald was suffocated a month later at the hands of a meth-using baby-sitter.

Since their deaths, there seems to be a twisted sort of one-upmanship as the increasingly shocking cases of child abuse and rape give law enforcement new definitions of the "worst they have ever seen."

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