The curse of crystal meth

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The vast majority of criminal cases on the Floyd County Circuit Court docket on Tuesdays are drug prosecutions — especially highly-addictive and body-destroying crystal methamphetamine.

The dangerous drug is easy to manufacture out of common household ingredients and hooks users immediately.

It also provides income for those who mix the drug.

“The first experience might involve some pleasure, but from the start, methamphetamine begins to destroy the user’s life,” says the Foundations for a Drug Free World. “It is a dangerous and potent chemical and, as with all drugs, a poison that first acts as a stimulant but then begins to systematically destroy the body. Thus it is associated with serious health conditions, including memory loss, aggression, psychotic behavior and potential heart and brain damage.”

A musician in Floyd County says “I tried it once and, boom, I was addicted.”  He lost his family, his friends and his profession.

“Jamie is 32-year-old elementary school teacher who never felt like she belonged. Not in her small town, not in the home she was raised in, and not in her own skin,” says Robert Johnson of Business Insider. “Jamie is not alone in her struggle, methamphetamine addiction across the American interior is far from uncommon. It’s a particularly toxic and unforgiving drug that makes addicts out of the most unlikely people, even educated elementary school teachers like Jamie.”

As a newspaperman who covers courts, I see such people week after week.  Many look older than their age.  Many are missing teeth and their skin is discolored.  They appear — are are — at death’s door.

Floyd County Sheriff Shannon Zeman calls meth an epidemic in the area.  So does Circuit Judge Marc Long.

And the epidemic is getting worse.

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