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, April 24, 2006

Meth hits home (Tennessee)

by Jessica Stith
of The Daily Times Staff

Innocent children are being burned and blistered by chemicals in the carpets they crawl on, the clothes they wear and the toys they play with.

They are being taken away from their families to get them out of the methamphetamine labs being run in their homes.

Meth is destroying families. It is straining the resources of Tennessee's medical and dental organizations.

According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, trauma patients who use meth are likely to incur medical costs $4,000 higher than the general population.

Dr. David Lynn, emergency room physician at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, said the most important point he can emphasize is that meth usage ``is more common than we realize.''

Lynn said most patients who use meth -- people likely to generate much higher medical bills -- generally do not have medical insurance.

Lynn said meth users incur greater hospital costs because the drug debilitates the body.

``There is muscle loss; people are frail and in pretty poor shape when they come in to us,'' Lynn said. ``It is more difficult for them to recover, and it takes more time for them to recover.''

Another big concern of Lynn's: the children. When hospital personnel believe a child has been exposed to a meth lab or is neglected by parents who use meth, there are specific steps the hospital staff must take to determine the health status of the child.

Children living in a home where meth is produced are exposed to a multitude of hazardous chemicals. Lynn said those children usually have an odor on their clothing from the chemicals and abnormally high blood pressure, usually resulting from the pseudoephedrine used to make meth.

Medical personnel look for respiratory problems in these children and perform blood tests to make sure the liver and kidneys are healthy because the chemicals affect those areas. Lynn said another common find on children exposed to home meth labs are blisters from the chemicals.

In a survey polling 500 sheriff's offices in 45 states, the National Association of Counties found that 40 percent of child welfare officials surveyed reported methamphetamine has led to an increase in the number of children removed from their homes.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meth Kills!!!!! Dont use... I have a friend that was in jail, he was mixed up with "Meth". When he got out I was friend that was giving him help, I told him that I would walk away from him if he started to use again... 3 weeks went by great. After the 4 week, I tried to call him, and he wouldnt return my calls. I found out he was "HOOKED" again. Got as call about 2 months later form a family member of his to tell me he had been arrested again. 30 days from that phone call, I recieved a call from Him to tell me he was in jail, and sorry for the way he had treated me. Its to late now, I have a family I need to put my attention to. He can only get help for himself if he really wants to do it, no one can help him, unless he first helps himself.

Thursday, April 27, 2006 7:57:00 AM  

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