The methamphetamine problem in Madison County is bad, really bad.
Those who believe the statistical spike in meth lab busts by local police (see our “Meth: The Menace of Madison County” series on Page 1 today) is attributable merely to increased attention from law enforcement ... Well, they’re missing the point entirely.
The police emphasis on meth isn’t creating the problem, it’s revealing a scourge that has burned through our neighborhoods, particularly modest areas of Elwood and Anderson, in recent years.
Meth addiction is profoundly difficult to stop, because the drug is so cheap and easy to make, and it produces a high that warps the mind and lasts for days.
A litany of social ills follows meth use. Houses that host meth labs become time bombs fueled by volatile chemicals, threatening surrounding homes. Children trapped in the world of meth horrors often endure physical and sexual abuse. Their brains, lungs and other organs can suffer permanent damage.
It’s difficult to image a child who lives in a meth home going to school and trying to fit in socially and keep pace academically. Yet hundreds of children in Indiana, perhaps hundreds in Madison County, do so every day.
Madison County’s drug task force and the state police’s meth team should be commended for their work in exposing and cutting into the scope of meth use and cooking in the Madison County area.
And you should help them out.
It’s time for all of us to say “no more” to meth manufacturing. If you see — or smell — signs of meth cooking or use, contact (information is provided in our investigative series) the drug task force or the state police immediately.
If you or a family member or friend is caught in the death spiral of meth addiction, seek help now by calling one of the phone numbers or visiting one of the websites listed in our series.