Latest news: 10-29-2010
Anti-drug programs receive state grant money
AZ - Two state grants are helping to support anti-drug programs organized by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Arizona. A grant of $45,000 will go toward the Meth Smart program, which educates kids on the dangers of methamphetamines. A separate grant of $30,000 will benefit the Smart Moves program, which helps encourage youth to make smart decisions when it comes to drugs, alcohol, and peer pressure. "It's crucial because without this money, we may not be able to run these drug awareness programs," said Yvonne Nelson, director of the Boys and Girls Clubhouse near Speedway and Silverbell. "In this day and age, it's key to have this education."
Cops volunteer their time for new substance abuse program
CO - Audrey had one foot in the grave, the other one on it. Meth will do that. One cold day in February 2009, high on drugs, the 25-year-old had taken the bus to Golden, then hopped a cemetery fence to reach the gravesite of a girl she'd known, a friend who'd partied hard, gotten addicted to crack cocaine, then died in a car wreck during a police chase. Looking at her headstone, Audrey knew that she could easily have been the one lying in the ground. Her meth habit had raged for six years, taking her to places unimaginable when she was a pretty, popular teenager living in Arvada.
Meth dealer blamed for friend’s fatal overdose, gets 27 years
ND - The last page in Betty Thomas’ scrapbook displays her son’s gravestone and death certificate, dated Aug. 10, 2009. “This is how using meth ends,” she said Thursday in Fargo’s U.S. District Court. During an emotional and lengthy hearing, the man blamed for Jason Thomas’ methamphetamine overdose was sentenced to 27 years in prison on federal drug and weapons charges. Jesse Ryan Walters of Fargo also was ordered to pay nearly $31,000 in court fees and restitution costs for his crimes in relation to a multistate meth-trafficking conspiracy known as “Operation Budapest.”