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, July 05, 2006

Community has eye out for meth users in new program (New Mexico)

Vanessa J. Chavez El Defensor Chieftain Intern,

With the number of methamphetamine users rising, the Socorro community has decided to take action.
Along with other states and cities in New Mexico, some Socorro community members have joined a program called Meth Watch.
"Meth Watch is a voluntary program that involves many partners, including law enforcement, state and local public officials, community activities and drug prevention personal," said Jim Helgert, Meth Watch state coordinator.
The program is designed to help curtail the theft and suspicious sales of products used in the illicit manufacturing of meth, and also trains local residents to be involved and report suspicious activities, Helgert said. The program is designed for everyone, he continued, including businesses, ranchers and schools.
The crime prevention methods that Meth Watch offers training in are participation in neighborhood safety, watching for suspicious activity in neighborhood or community, training employees, increasing employee and community awareness about store theft, a "tamper tag" program on anhydrous ammonia tanks for farmers and ranchers, and coordinating with existing prevention programs in the schools and community, Helgert said.
The presentation of the Meth Watch Program was held June 28 at Socorro Mental Health Center, where Jim Helgert met with a number of concerned individuals representing local businesses in town.
The presentation was a general session that explained what meth is, the use of meth and how the Meth Watch program trains not only individuals, but also whole business who deal with people buying meth material, such as lye, camping fuel, anhydrous ammonia, iodine, ephedrine and pseudoephedrine.
Also, after the general session, a free training session was offered for local retailers and businesses.
Meth Watch is not so an individual can plan the program and say "I'm better," it's a community thing to do together, Helgert said.
To participate in the Meth Watch program, or for more information, contact Nadine Ulibarri-Keller at (505) 835-0971 or (505) 835-8658.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Kim,
Can you tell me where to find information out about what laws apply to what states reguarding the sale of psudoephedrine. My best-friend thinks her son(who is grown and out of the house)and his wife may be using the stuff and she is very scared. She and I read your blog a lot since I have two teenagers and want to know all I can about the stuff too. Please let us know some good sites we can check out as parents. Thanks, Kathy

Thursday, July 06, 2006 7:59:00 PM  
Blogger DEATHBYMETH said...

Dear Anonymous:

This is the information I have found so far... hope this helps... It was dated 10/10/05. I will do some more looking around and hopefully post it on the blog soon.

Anti-methamphetamine laws in some states push drug cooks to shop across state lines

RISING SUN, Ind. (AP) -- When Indiana restricted the sale of over-the counter cold medicines this year, pharmacist Dan Beyer suddenly found himself a front-line defender in the state's war against methamphetamine.

But meth producers sidestepped the battle by stockpiling supplies in states that don't limit sales of pseudoephedrine, a popular ingredient in the highly addictive stimulant.

"They're going to the places with the least resistance," said Beyer, who owns the Rising Sun Pharmacy, about 90 miles southeast of Indianapolis and just 15 miles from Ohio, which does not restrict pseudoephedrine sales.

"If we're going to do all this work and all they have to do is cross a river, we've accomplished absolutely nothing," he said.

It's an increasingly common dilemma because of the patchwork of laws aimed at controlling methamphetamine.

Thirty-seven states, including Nebraska, restrict sales of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in at least a dozen cold medicines. But the laws vary from requiring a prescription to simply limiting the number of packages purchased at the same time.

Thirteen states, including New York and South Carolina, have no pseudoephedrine laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. At least two of those -- Massachusetts and Ohio -- have legislation pending.

Law officers say meth producers have exploited these differences by crossing state lines in search of ingredients or by "pharmacy shopping" in states that require a log of purchases but lack the means to cross-reference entries.

"What we're beginning to see is people traveling great distances to get pseudoephedrine," said Jack Riley, assistant special agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in St. Louis.

That has undermined anti-meth efforts in states such as Oregon.

The state, which had 447 meth labs in 2004, has begun requiring a prescription to buy products containing pseudoephedrine. But two of its neighbors -- Idaho and California -- have looser restrictions, and one -- Nevada -- has none.

"There is always some concern meth cooks can get to pseudoephedrine," said Oregon State Police Capt. Ed Mouery, who was on the state's Methamphetamine Task Force.

States without pseudoephedrine laws acknowledge meth is a problem, but some say tight budgets have reduced support for restrictions. Others are struggling with how to restrict a legitimate product.

"Pseudoephedrine helps people with sinus conditions," said Ohio state Sen. John Carey, a Republican who sponsored a bill that would limit purchases to 9 grams in 30 days and require stores to collect names and signatures for all purchases. "We don't want to keep people from buying it, we just want to restrict how much they can get to make meth."

Keith Cain, sheriff of Daviess County in western Kentucky, said a unified effort is key to stopping meth production. His department found 62 meth labs last year and had 159 meth-related indictments in 2003, the most in the state.

"This shouldn't be viewed as a panacea that's going to rid our communities of meth," he said of pseudoephedrine controls. "It's a very complex issue, and it's going to take a very complex solution."

Some on Capitol Hill are listening. Last month, the U.S. Senate approved a bipartisan bill that would provide federal controls to fight meth, which comes in the form of a crystal-like powder or rocklike chunks and can be smoked, snorted, injected or swallowed.

Consumers would have to show a photo ID, sign a log and receive no more than 7.5 grams -- or about 250 30-milligram pills -- in a 30-day period. Computer tracking would prevent customers from exceeding the limit at other stores.

The bill is headed for a conference committee.

"We need to be careful that we don't push the problem around from one weakest state to the next," said Dave Murray, a White House policy analyst with the Office of National Drug Control Policy. "You've got to craft a solution that preserves security and still provides access to the medicines that millions of Americans need."

Eric Lawrence, director of forensic analysis for the Indiana State Police, believes a federal law would help.

The number of methamphetamine labs seized in Indiana rose nearly 800 percent -- from 177 to 1,549 -- between 1999 and 2004, police said. The surge has strained local budgets, crowded jails and increased the number of children needing services as a result of meth abuse in the home.

Indiana has seen a glimmer of hope since its law took effect July 1. The law limits consumers to 3 grams of pseudoephedrine over seven days or 9 grams in a month. Pharmacies are required to see identification, keep the drug behind counters and maintain a log of purchases.

The number of meth-lab busts in Indiana fell from 153 in July and August last year to 113 during the same period in 2005, the first two months under the new law.

"The bottom line is that if they can't get pseudoephedrine, they can't make meth," Lawrence said. "If you could take this product away from people overnight, tomorrow morning you'd wake up and there would be no meth labs."

Friday, July 07, 2006 12:49:00 PM  

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