Floyd County Sheriff Shannon Zeman calls crystal methamphetamine an epidemic that is sweeping through Floyd County and the rest of Southwestern Virginia (and most of the rest of the country).

He’s right. In Circuit Court, nearly every case — including driving under the influence, burglary, robbery as well as possession, use, and manufacture of drugs — involved the use of crystal meth.

One defendant refused a chance to be released on bail because he said he could not stay off the drug if he were not behind bars. Another, when asked by the judge if he could avoid using the drug if released on probation admitted “I don’t think so.”

Meth is considered one of the most addictive narcotics in history. Even worse, it destroys the health of those who use and tears down their bodies, eventually shutting down their organs and killing those who keep using it.

Franklin County Commonwealth’s Attorney Cliff Hapgood told me he was interviewing one long time meth user and during that interview two of her teeth fell out.

“She just put the teeth on the table and kept talking.”