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, March 06, 2006

Court gives meth addicts way out (Illinois)

Chicago Tribune

PITTSFIELD, Ill. - Janice Sidwell stood up and proudly told a Pike County Circuit Court judge that her children were finally home. Two rows of methamphetamine users applauded.
"Congratulations," Judge Michael Roseberry told her. "Good job."
Sidwell, 39, then grabbed a bag of Reese's Pieces from a candy bowl on the edge of the witness stand, a reward for her son and daughter.
Sidwell and the children's father had been busted twice for selling and using meth. They had served prison time and lost custody of the children.
And if the couple had remained in the criminal justice system, they would likely still be in prison today, part of a cycle of drug abuse and incarceration that is a common path.
Instead, with the help of prosecutors and a judge, they ended up in the Pike County, Ill., drug court - an administrative office that has become, for all intents and purposes, a meth court, devoted to alternative responses to methamphetamine crimes.
Like most drug courts, meth court is in some ways a kinder, gentler approach. For non-violent offenders the court offers a chance to avoid prison time and provides a much fuller safety net, directing addicts to drug counseling, mental health treatment, even parenting classes.
To address the long-lasting effects of methamphetamine and the tenacity of meth addiction, Pike County has gone a step further, with longer periods of supervision and exceptional levels of intervention.

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