Regular readers of this column are also aware of another pet peeve of mine, which is the U.S. government’s persistence in pretending that methamphetamine use is not a significant problem in this country.
There is also an American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, a Healthy Heart Run Walk, an ALS Recovery Fund 10K Run & 5K, the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K race, and even the My Twelve Month 10K Challenge for Crohn’s Disease.
While that horrible accident raised a number of concerns regarding young people and meth use as well as the garbage that can be found on the Internet, there was a story last week that spread across the United States and abroad. This story illustrates the real and present dangers associated with “cooking meth.
Unfortunately, a young 15-year-old girl discovered this in a tragic mishap that occurred on Thursday just a week before Christmas last year. The accident cost the girl her sight, perhaps forever, Kerman is located in Fresno County, Calif., roughly 15 miles west of Fresno.
If you want to know the truth, it is for the children. And that is why I focus so much of my efforts on women. You and I both know that, for the most part, women are the primary caregivers for their children.
Alternatively, each week I could fill this column with medical and scientific facts about the consequences of long-term meth use. I could discuss the incidence of rhabdomyolysis, the dyspnea produced when meth deposits in pulmonary tissue via serotonin transporters, and the cases of cerebral infarcts and formication.
This is a truly horrific case of abuse and neglect that first came to the attention of the authorities just a week before Christmas last year. On Dec. 18 at 5:46 a.m., Jerrica D. Schreib, 19, called 911 in Everett, Wash., to report that her 3-month-old baby daughter was having a possible allergic reaction to gripe water.
Nevertheless, I read reports on a daily basis of another meth lab being discovered in a home, motel room or even in a car or a backpack, somewhere in the United States. Sometimes innocent children are present. Sometimes fires or explosions occur when the “cook” makes a simple mistake in the processing of the toxic chemicals.
It started off as a simple traffic violation around 8:45 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21, when Rogers County Sheriff's Deputy Scotty Moree noticed that a white Toyota traveling in front of his patrol car on I-44 near Catoosa changed lanes without signaling properly.
When most people are asked about methamphetamine users or “meth heads,” they often refer to the pictures that they have seen online, such as the “Faces of Meth” mug shots that are so prominent on sites such as the Web site by the same name hosted by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon.