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Category: Methamphetamine


AG to talk meth at Tacoma high school

State Attorney General Rob McKenna will be over at Stadium HIgh School on Thursay as part of a campaign against meth.

He’ll be going to Bremerton High School on Friday as part of his school visits for “Operation: Allied Against Meth.”

McKenna will be speaking to students Thursday morning at Stadium. In addition, a former meth addict will share her story about addiction to the powerful, homemade drug and how she turned her life around.

The anti-meth campaign was launched in May 2005. Since, McKenna has made presentations before more than 20,000 students at 30 different schools.


Meth lab found in Puyallup

Puyallup police report this morning that they uncovered a meth lab on the back porch of a residence at the Emerald Court Estates.

Officers were called to the building at 4016 Seventh St. S.W. about 11:50 p.m. Monday to investigate a strong odor. Officers found what appeared to be chemicals and glassware commonly used to make meth on a back porch.

When they arrived, a 43-year-old man ran. He was taken into custody a short time later, police said. The man reported that two others were inside the Emerald Court Estates residence.

Officers got a 46-year-old

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Learn more about meth

There are five presentations scheduled this month on methamphetamine. The “Meth 360″ presentations are sponsored by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America in an effort to “fight and prevent meth abuse in King and Pierce counties.”

Here’s the lineup:

– Larchmont Safe Streets, Tuesday, March 6, 7 p.m., 30 people.

- Tacoma 8 Rotary, Thursday, March 8, Noon, 275 people.

- Lincoln Lawg, Monday, March 12, 6:30 p.m., 35 people.

- Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, Wednesday, March 14, 7 a.m., 75 people.

- Lakewood 1st Lions, Wednesday,

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More on meth

An article landed in our e-mail Inbox last week titled, “Article on meth abuse.”

The article, written by a public relations person, points out that Washington state is seeing an escalating risk to youth from meth.

A DSHS survey showed that teen meth use is increasing, with more than one in every 20 Washington 10th graders reporting that they have used the highly-addictive drug.

The article included tips for spotting the warning signs of meth use. They are:

- Physical symptoms may include weight loss, abnormal sweating, shortness of breath, nasal problems or nosebleeds,

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Meth funding in danger

We had a couple stories Monday about the status of the so-called methepidemic in Pierce County and the nation.

A nugget that didn’t make it into the stories is the danger facing the Washington State Meth Initiative. The federally-funded initiative might not get any money past this year, according to Terree Schmidt-Whelan, executive director of the Pierce County Alliance.

Over the past six years, the state has received $2 million a year from the federal government as part of the initiative. It was earmarked in the federal spending budget. When the democrats took over control of Congress,

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Meth lab found at Sound End home

This is the only item of note from overnight in Tacoma.

Officers responded to a reported meth lab at a home in the 1400 block of South 80th Street. The lab was found about 10:40 p.m. Thursday.

The department’s clandestine lab team responded and found items used in a meth lab, the department reported.

There was no word on how large the lab was or whether any finished meth was found.


“Meth Watch” celebrates first birthday

Metropolitan King County Council member Reagan Dunn – along with several law enforcement and civic agencies – runs an interesting Web site called “Meth Watch.”

Begun Sept. 1, 2005, the site is devoted to, as Dunn puts it, “getting the public involved in helping us get this lethal drug out of their neighborhoods and the people responsible for make and selling meth into jail.”

The site profiles people wanted on warrants charging them with methamphetamine-related crimes. Folks with information on the fugitives’ whereabouts are directed to call Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound with information. That number,

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