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.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Speed television (California)

Sara Watson Arthurs The Times-Standard

HUMBOLDT HILL -- It's time to talk seriously about methamphetamine in this community.

That's the message of several related efforts to educate the public about the dangers of methamphetamine. Television and radio documentaries, a guidebook and a theater piece are all gaining steam.

KEET-TV staff showed a clip from the public television station's new documentary, “Life After Meth: Facing the North Coast Methamphetamine Crisis,” at a Wednesday press conference.

The documentary will air Tuesday, along with a separate documentary made by Zoe Barnum High School students with the help of KEET. They include interviews with recovering addicts, drug counselors, law enforcement and community members.

The station received $104,500 in grants from the Benton Foundation and the California Endowment to create a methamphetamine awareness campaign in partnership with Lost Coast Communications, the high school, the Raven Project, North Coast AIDS Project and Humboldt County Mental Health Dual Recovery Services. Representatives of all these agencies were on hand for the press conference.

Lost Coast Communications has created its own two-part documentary, which will run May 10 and 11 on the company's radio stations. Both Lost Coast Communications and the Zoe Barnum students also created public service announcements.

The radio PSAs were played at the press conference. In one, a woman describes the toll meth use took on her body -- including a stroke and memory problems. Lost Coast Communications Program Director Mike Dronkers said the station aimed to avoid a didactic “Just Say No” approach, instead looking at the complex issue in more detail.

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