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, May 01, 2006

Benton meth program to treat juveniles (Illinois)

A new methamphetamine treatment program in Southern Illinois is aimed at the drug's youngest victims -- children ages 10 to 16.

The pilot program features an eight-bed unit in the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center. The juveniles in the program will stay for up to six months, with half of their day taken up with school work and the other half focusing on treatment.

State Sen. Gary Forby, D-Benton, and Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion, helped push legislation that created and funded the program. They attended a brief ceremony to mark its opening Friday.

"When I go to high schools in the area, I learn, unfortunately, how much of a problem this is becoming for our youth," said Bradley.

Methamphetamine, which can come in the form of a crystal-like powder or rocklike chunks, is an addictive stimulant that can be smoked, snorted, injected or taken orally.

The secure, locked residential stay will be followed up with in-community help and resources for another six months.

Bradley said if the pilot program is a success, it could be expanded.

"The need is great and hopefully we can build on the program in the future," he said


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