- Meth: The Menace of Madison County
Authorities seek stricter laws
Those on the front line of the war against meth often focus on pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient in methamphetamine production. A proposed measure that’s gaining support would categorize the cold medicine as a controlled substance, obtainable only with a doctor’s prescription.
Cummings discusses solutions
VIDEO: Madison County prosecutor Rodney Cummings talks about what's being done in the judicial system to combat the meth problem, as well as how he thinks Indiana's new criminal code will affect the battle against meth locally.
Faces of meth
As statistics in Madison County indicate, the impact of the illicit drug methamphetamine has devastated the community. In 2012, the county was labeled with a dubious distinction: No. 1 in the state for meth labs discovered and No. 2 in the country. Those numbers dropped in 2013, but the county still remained in the top seven in Indiana.
House 217's story all too familiar on East 15th Street
House 217 on East 15th Street isn’t exactly out of place in the neighborhood, which has been riddled with meth cooking. Many other homes slouch in various states of disrepair. But this house has a dubious distinction. One of the largest meth operations in the city’s history was discovered there last year.
- Slideshow: Faces of meth Meth use has in Madison County and has led to hundreds of arrests in recent years. Photos of these 32 people who have been convicted of meth-related crimes were used in an illustration, to show the breadth of the problem, on the front page of The Herald Bulletin with the newspaper's three-part series on the meth problem.
On the scene of a meth bust
VIDEO: A look inside a house containing a meth lab that was recently raided by the Madison County Drug Task Force reveals some conditions that officers deal with in trying to rid the county of meth.
Users tell of drug's horror
Methamphetamine has gripped economically-depressed Madison County, and costs hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in prevention, treatment and law enforcement.
Former meth user tells his story
VIDEO: Former methamphetamine user Paul Rice describes the hold the drug had on him for several years after he first began using it as a member of a motorcycle club.
Most addicts won't seek treatment — until police intervene
While methamphetamine withdrawal typically doesn’t cause severe physical sickness associated with other drugs such as heroin, meth users still face an intense battle to break free from addiction.
- Authorities seek stricter laws