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, March 11, 2006

President Bush signs ‘Combat meth act’

By Noelle Caylor
BDN Staff Writer

On Thursday, President Bush signed the “Combat Meth Act,” a nationwide law requiring that all medications containing pseudoephedrine, a substance used in the production of methamphetamine, be placed behind store counters, lessening accessibility and creating a paper trail for those that abuse.

“This is a major victory for people in neighborhoods across Missouri and the country who are threatened by meth,” Sen. Jim Talent said.

Missouri passed a similar law last year.

“This will create thousands fewer labs and addicts and fewer children will be contaminated,” Talent said.

Under the bill, consumers would be limited to 3.6 grams, or about 120 cold pills, per day, and 9 grams, or about 300 pills, per month. Buyers would need to show photo identification and sign a logbook.

Based on statistics from other states, Talent said there will be anywhere from a 70-90 percent decrease in meth labs.

“You will not see as many fires caused by (cooking) meth, you won't be passing vans cooking meth, and children aren't going to be exposed to meth by their parents cooking meth,” he said.

Stone County Sheriff Richard Hill said that after Missouri passed its meth law, he saw a decrease in meth labs. But the inaccessibility in Missouri created an influx of imported meth from Mexico, he said. Officials said the federal law will address the problem because there will be changes in reporting and certification procedures for countries exporting and importing pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, and other drugs.

Law enforcement, local and state governments will receive $99 million per year for the next five years under the bill's Meth Hot Spots program.

Recently, a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that Missouri, along with 18 other states, ranked higher than the national average for people seeking treatment for methamphetamine.

“What everyone needs to know is that they shouldn’t try meth even once; not one time,” Talent said. “This drug is the worst drug that there ever was and you will not control (the drug). It will control you.”


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