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Meth: The Menace of Madison County

Meth: The Menace of Madison County
  • NWS - HB0225 - meth-Judge Newman - JC.JPG 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.

    February 24, 2014 4 Photos

  • Cummings, Rodney mug 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.

    February 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0224 - meth lab - 10.JPG 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.

    February 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0224 - Meth series - 11.JPG 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.

    February 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Adkins,Dennis,Joseph.jpg 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.

    February 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0129 - meth lab - 02 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.

    February 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0223 - Meth-Hudson - JC 1.JPG 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.

    February 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • NWS - HB0223 - Meth-Rice - JC 1.JPG 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.

    February 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - HB0223 - meth-Dr. Skinner.jpg 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.

    February 22, 2014 1 Photo

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