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

Methamphetamine a growing global concern: RCMP

Canadian Press

MONTREAL -- Marijuana remains the drug of choice around the world but the surge in clandestine methamphetamine production is a growing concern, an international conference on fighting drugs heard Tuesday.

"Synthetic drugs are really one of the key threats that we have to look at over the next few years," Derek Ogden, the RCMP's director general, drugs and organized crime, told the 24th International Drug Enforcement Conference.

The production of these drugs is easy but its toll on users and environmental harm to communities are severe, he told nearly 300 delegates from 76 countries.

Synthetic drugs are a growing portion of the estimated $322 billion US spent annually around the world on illicit drugs. That exceeds the gross domestic product of 88 per cent of countries in the world.

Karen Tandy, administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, said an estimated 26 million people worldwide use ecstasy and methamphetamines, which she added still ranks well behind the 161 million users of various forms of cannabis.

Addiction to ecstasy and meth leaves users physically battered by the potent chemicals.

Criminals are attempting to avoid law enforcement by rerouting precursor drugs like ephedrine through various countries, particularly in Africa.

Canada is increasingly becoming a destination of choice. Canadian police dismantled 30 clandestine labs last year, up from 14 a year earlier, said RCMP deputy commissioner Pierre-Yves Bourduas.

"We've seen clearly across the country a resurgence of these types of labs," Bourduas said, noting new police efforts to combat this activity.

Tandy said disrupting the shipment of these and other drugs require a high degree of international co-operation.

Such sensitive matters are being discussed behind closed doors for much of the conference.

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