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, May 10, 2006

Children at Clandestine Methamphetamine Labs: Helping Meth’s Youngest Victims

Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

Message From the Director

Children who live at or visit home-based meth labs face acute health and safety risks, including the hazards of fires, explosions, abuse, and medical neglect. Increasingly, child protection workers find that these children suffer from physical harm, including burns, bruises, untreated skin disorders, bites, and infections. The “meth home” lifestyle is characterized by chaos, emotional and physical deprivation, the presence of firearms, and filthy surroundings. Parents are engaged in criminal behavior and may exhibit paranoia. Young children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of chemical exposure.

Collaboration among federal, state, and local agencies is critical to ensure the adequate care and protection of these children. Law enforcement agencies at the state and federal levels and child protection agencies in every jurisdiction should establish protocols for their collaboration and for documenting conditions of child endangerment when a laboratory is seized. Victim service providers, public health and medical professionals, law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, child protection workers, and judges must understand the special needs of meth’s youngest victims.

See the latest bulletin with tons of information at:
http://www.ovc.gov/publications/bulletins/children/welcome.html

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