DEATH * BY * METH

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.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Meth Conference Focuses On Kids (Nebraska)

They are often referred to as the "invisible lives" because many don't realize how many children are living in meth addicted families.

In Norfolk, Nebraska, this week, experts are gathering for a two-day conference focusing on ways of helping children. It's sponsored by the local CASCADE group which stands for Community Awareness Saves Children Against Drug Environments. CASCADE officials say children not only see a number of physical, psychological and emotional effects from a parent using meth, but research also finds it's hard for the child to return home after bonding with a foster parent. "Some children have been placed for a good portion of their life, especially if they are babies," said Alfredo Ramierez, CASCADE Member. "They are spending 50 to 60% of their lives in a foster home and that makes it very difficult, especially if the parent continues to use."

The meth conference talks not only about children and their effects from the dangerous drug methamphetamine, but also effective parenting and how that can lead to prevention. "There are some kids who are coming from amazing and wonderful homes who are being introduced to this in the school, they are getting introduced to it at college, they are getting introduced to it on the street," said Dr. Kathryn Wells, keynote speaker. "So, I think we as parents have to educate our children that this is something that will without a doubt impact your life."

The two-day event continues through Wednesday.

http://www.ktiv.com/News/NewsDetail64.cfm?Id=26,10540

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