Meth madness

August 31, 2011 05:09

The connection between meth use and family disintegration is staggering. O’Dell says a direct correlation exists between meth use and domestic violence and increased child abuse.

By Susan Olasky at World Magazine


… now it is the No. 1 crime problem throughout Alabama: About two-thirds of the crimes O’Dell sees are meth-related. He has seen users as young as 11 and as old as 80, but most are between 18 and 35. Users cross all race, religion, and socioeconomic boundaries. The most common reason women give for starting to use meth: weight loss.

… 95 percent of the child protective cases have some kind of meth connection. She says meth leaves users angry and often violent. Their homes are dirty: “It gets to where a person on meth doesn’t care about anything but getting more.”

When the Mexican drug cartels became active, O’Dell saw the problem in his jurisdiction change from many labs producing 5 to 10 grams at a time to 18-wheelers bringing in 150-300 pounds at a time. But the new trend is “shake and bake” production in 2-liter soda bottles from recipes found on the internet.


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