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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Location: Colorado, United States

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, April 15, 2006

Meth labs pose danger to youngsters (North Carolina)

Amy Lotven /Herald Staff Writer

WELDON - The dangers of methamphetamines and the makeshift labs used to create the illegal drugs were the subject of an informational forum Tuesday at Halifax Community College.

The event, led by Kevin Kupietz, Fire/EMS coordinator for Halifax Community College, and Lt. Jay Burch of the Halifax County Sheriff's Office, was sponsored by the Halifax County Department of Social Services in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month.

Meth can be produced fairly easily with many products that are readily available at local stores, using instructions that can be easily obtained on the Internet.

Because of the toxic chemicals used to manufacture of the substance, meth labs are highly dangerous and extremely unstable. Dangers include possible explosions, exposure to toxic waste produced when manufacturing the synthetic drug, and much more.

And where there are meth labs, there are often children. Michelle Braswell with DSS also noted that meth users become more sexually aggressive, and that alone is dangerous to any child who might be alone with a user.

Kupietz said in another area of the state, there was a woman who had been high on the drug for days, then fell hard asleep, locking her pit bull in a laundry room and leaving a child to his own devices. The dog eventually ate through the door and attacked the child.

In North Carolina, the most recent statistics show that in the year 2000, 12 children were injured due to meth labs. That number grew to 44 in 2003.

Kelly Page, a chemist who works with the State Bureau of Investigation on meth-related incidents, was scheduled to lead the forum, but was unable to attend due to work.

Meth is a powdery substance that can have various different looks, usually depending on the type of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine used in its production. The drug also has several slang names, such as crank, ice, redneck cocaine and glass.

One tip shared with the audience of about 25 or so community members was that if a person enters a home and discovers a lab, the first thing to do is walk straight back out and immediately contact authorities.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I attempted to read the rest of this article but page no longer available. I have a relative in Ohio who has just been charged with child endangerment, meth manufaturing and trafficing, 2 charges of posession, and 4 other charges I'm not exactly sure of. Her 14 yr old daughter also tested positive for the drug which, by the way, was being made on my grandmothers property while she was in a nursing home. I am not familiar with Ohio laws and wondering if anyone out there has an idea of how much time she is looking at. If anyone can shed some light on this for me I would greatly appreciate it. thank you

Monday, October 11, 2010 9:45:00 PM  

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