Latest news: 12-03-2010
Could prescriptions for cold medicine stop meth?
OR - The easiest way to stop meth use would be to make a key ingredient available only by prescription, according to Rob Bovett, a district attorney from Oregon. According to Bovett, Oregon nearly wiped out its meth labs after the passage of legislation he authored that made pseudoephedrine available only by prescription. Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant available in some cold medicines like Sudafed 12 Hour, Aleve D and Advil Cold and Sinus. It's also an ingredient in methamphetamine. In an editorial published in The New York Times Nov. 15, Bovett laid out his reasoning.
Father gets 60 years for burning baby in meth lab explosion
FL - A Bay County jury finds John Osborn guilty of operating a shake and bake meth lab that critically burned his daughter Johnna in Southport in 2009. The jury took an hour and a half to make their decision. Osborn was immediately sentenced to the maximum 60 years in prison Johnna, who is now 2 years old, appeared in court Thursday morning with visible burn scars on her face and chest. She spent a month in critical condition in a burn unit undergoing multiple surgeries after doctor’s say she suffered burns to 41% of her body. Doctors expect her to have a long road to recovery. Her maternal grandmother, Pam Busbee, is now her legal guardian. She testified about what the recovery process has been like.
Couple's first home is a meth house
PA - Jenn Friberg makes her way down the upstairs hallway to the master bedroom. The clacking of her high-heeled boots against the hardwood floor echoes throughout the two-story house. She sits down on the edge of a faded yellow chair and taps the window while her boyfriend leans on the doorframe. "We found out that one of the telltale signs of a meth house is frosted windows," said Friberg, 30.
Children left behind
MO - A new challenge for police is helping the littlest victims of meth labs. While officers work to lock up offenders, they're having to cope with the plight of children left behind by arrested parents, and their contaminated belongings. "We are looking for diapers for formula backpacks coats obviously new clothes are nicer but we will take gently used," says Franklin County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Grellner, "just underwear and sockswe are out of underwear and socks." He and other narcotics officers in the meth lab plagued county are having a different sort of donation drive for the smallest victims of meth who lose much more than just their parents in a meth lab bust.
Feds train law enforcement on how to confront meth labs
TX - Atop a hill overlooking New Braunfels and the Texas Hill Country in the distance, law enforcement agencies in those communities were taught the methamphetamine production labs they're finding are unlike the sites of any other drug busts. "We're trying to stay in front of the problem," said Mauricio Fernandez, assistant special agent in charge of the San Antonio district office of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Fernandez said that for the first time, the DEA is training its partners -- police officers and sheriff's deputies -- on how to safely confront that problem.
Women share stories about kids struggling with meth
IN - They are women with different backgrounds, and for the most part different experiences. But one thing they share is the pain of having a child addicted to methamphetamine. And now they are gearing up for the first meeting of their group, which will be officially called Mothers Against Methamphetamine once the group is incorporated as a not-for-profit next month. The group is set up to offer people in the community information, resources and support when it comes to meth use. The group wants to reach out to everyone from parents of children abusing meth, siblings of addicts, concerned citizens, business owners to parents who suspect their children may be using.