What crystal meth does to a person: Before and after

In what has become a weekly staple of crime news in The Floyd Press, police discovered another rolling meth lab in a traffic stop.  Sheriff Shannon Zeman says the production and use of crystal methamphetamine is an “epidemic” in Floyd County.

 

He’s not exaggerating.

I see cases involving the production and misuse of this drug in every court session I cover for the newspaper. I see the telltale signs of body and organ breakdown in people on the streets: The ashen skin, missing teeth and blank stares of long-term abusers of the drug.

Meth is a highly-addictive drug, more habit-forming than heroin. It’s easy — but dangerous to make — from ingredients easily obtainable and recipes for producing this poison is available online.

But all you need is one look at a meth addict and that should be enough to turn your stomach and send most sane people lurching toward the nearest toilet to puke up their guts.

For too many, producing and selling the drug is easy money. They don’t care if it kills people. It’s the old law of supply and demand.

Anyone who sells this junk is a potential killer and should be treated as such.

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