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, February 21, 2007

Property owners learn how meth affects tenants

Property owners learn how meth affects tenants

by ashley wiehle, the southern
CARTERVILLE - Most know that methamphetamine leaves poor health and fractured families in its wake, but property owners often are affected by the more tangible traces of meth.

Southern Illinois has become a haven for meth in recent years, and area land lords have had to learn about the possibility of clandestine meth labs in their rental houses.

Property managers attended a seminar Tuesday that explained meth-making and what dangers might be left behind if a tenant was manufacturing the drug in their properties. Meth does require significant equipment, but it is dangerous equipment when there are residues and can be volatile under the best of conditions.

Ami Ruffing, a chemist from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, stressed the importance of safety in dealing with meth labs. The chemicals are reactive, Ruffing said, and can blow up or seriously injure.

"Remember that even contact with vapors can cause burns, too," Ruffing said. "Don't ever try to determine what it is by picking it up and sniffing it."

Michelle Hamilton, director of corporate training for John A. Logan College and president of the Williamson County Coalition Against Meth, said the training is crucial for property owners.

"It's an issue simply because of the contamination of the properties," Hamilton said. "They've already had instances around here where they've had people move into a rental home or purchase a home that is contaminated and the children have ended up getting very sick."

Hamilton said legislative action may be necessary to deal with the problem.

"This is something that probably needs to be addressed on a legislative level," Hamilton said. "They need to have some plan in place on how they're going to decontaminate these properties and who's going to end up paying for it."

John Prudent, a member of Franklin County Court Appointed Special Advocates, attended the training learn more to help CASA.

"We got into homes where children have been around meth, and we need to be aware of what's happening in the home," Prudent said.

Ruffing said knowledge is the key for organizations such as CASA and property owners when dealing with the meth epidemic.

"They need to recognize what they're seeing," Ruffing said. "They need to know what things are being used and at what stage. There are different hazards throughout the process."

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Blogger Roger said...

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Thursday, March 08, 2007 8:16:00 AM  
Blogger Kerry Dale Hancock Jr said...

Hello Kim,

I am so sorry to hear about your Travis. I know this is beyond a challenge in life for you to deal with. I so glad to see you take such a tragedy and do something positive with it. I hope I can help you achieve your goals because I share them with you due to my horrific experiance with meth. Please do stop by my blog about meth. I haven't said much on it yet but I have so much to say and it is in my heart to do so. Blessings to your from the Lord Almighty.

Kerry Dale Hancock Jr

Sunday, March 11, 2007 1:46:00 PM  
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Hope to hear from you soo - Floyd

Tuesday, March 27, 2007 10:08:00 PM  
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Monday, April 16, 2007 1:23:00 AM  
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