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.
And let your state legislators know what you think about pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in cold remedies that is also used illegally to make meth. Many authorities would like to see Indiana follow the lead of Oregon and some other states by making pseudoephedrine a prescription drug.
The law would help keep meth cookers from getting pseudoephedrine without a doctor’s prescription.
Opponents of such a measure say it would harm the greater good by removing an effective cold remedy from easy access to the general public. They have a good point.
What do you think? Let your legislator know, so that they can take your thoughts into account when voting on pseudoephedrine legislation circulating now in the General Assembly.
This is for certain: The local meth scourge isn’t going to burn itself out. It will take citizens, neighborhoods, towns, cities and the State of Indiana to stop meth cold in Madison County.
Let’s not delay. Lives — young lives — are at stake.
Contact your legislator Reach state senators and representatives who serve the Madison County area: Senators All can be reached at 800-382-9467 u Tim Lanane, email@example.com u Doug Eckerty, firstname.lastname@example.org u Luke Kenley, email@example.com Representatives u Terri Austin, 800-382-9842, firstname.lastname@example.org u Bob Cherry, 800-382-9841, email@example.com u Sue Errington, 800-382-9842, firstname.lastname@example.org u Jack Lutz, 800-382-9841, email@example.com Visit http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2014/legislators to determine who represents you.