We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid. Benjamin Franklin
Burglars snorted the cremated remains of a man and two dogs in the misguided belief that they had stolen illegal drugs, cocaine or heroin. Florida sheriff’s deputies conferred that the ashes were taken from a woman’s home in the central Florida town of Silver Springs Shores on Dec. 15, 2010. The thieves were so stupid; they took an urn containing the ashes of her father and another container with the ashes of her two Great Danes. They snorted the ashes of a dog because they could tell the difference between ashes and coke.
Once they realized their error, the suspects debated returning the remaining ashes but decided to throw them in a lake instead. They thought their fingerprints were on the containers, sheriffs told the court.
It was a very stupid thing to do, I’ll admit, but I hardly didn’t even know I was doing it. J. D. Salinger
Faces of Meth: Before and After
Actual booking shoots of a woman who was arrested for use of methamphetamine on ten consecutive years. Year eight she had meth mouth with most of her teeth gone. By the tenth year she was virtually blind. A real rush!
I would never do crack… I would never do a drug named after a part of my own ass, okay? Denis Leary
Multnomah County Sheriff, Oregon has a photo gallery of people – before meth and after.
According to National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse Methamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant drug that is comparable in construction to amphetamine. Due to its high potential for abuse, methamphetamine is classified as a Schedule II drug. Methamphetamine is a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol and is taken by mouth, snorting the powder, by needle injection, or by smoking. Chronic methamphetamine abuse significantly changes how the brain functions.
Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self-esteem. Kurt Cobain
Long-term methamphetamine abuse has many damaging health costs, including extreme weight loss, severe dental problems (“meth mouth”), anxiety, confusion, insomnia, mood disturbances, and violent behavior. Chronic methamphetamine abusers can also show a number of psychotic types, including paranoia, visual and auditory hallucinations, and delusions such as the sensation of insects crawling under the skin.
Drugs are a bet with your mind. Jim Morrison
Ice Age II: Lessons Learned from Bay County, Florida Methamphetamine Awareness/Training Documentary.
When: 9/29/2005; Sponsor: MCTFT; Ice, Speed, Go Fast, Crank, Crystal, Yaba — No matter what you call it, Methamphetamine is the fast-growing, illegal drug craze our nation’s ever seen. It’s catching law enforcement and communities off guard. And those fighting it are having a hard time keeping up with the battle to eradicate this epidemic. The folks in Bay County, Florida will tell you all about it in this one-hour training documentary. Because when meth hit Florida, this poison was first peddled in the Panhandle. But there was a new Sheriff in town, armed and ready to launch a pre-emptive strike on meth and chase it out of his jurisdiction. “The day we announced that we were creating our meth unit, we worked our first meth lab. From that point on, it went crazy!” recalls Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithan who created his MAD (Methamphetamine Drug Unit) — a team of deputies assigned to fight meth and only meth 24/7. “What concerns me the most is the availability of this drug and the fact that someone can leave their home, go to the local store or Wal-Mart and buy the materials to make meth with,” Sheriff McKeithan says. “It’s just unbelievable that they can do that. It’s the only drug in America where they can run down to Wal-Mart with their shopping list filled and go home and make meth.” “The secret to winning this battle or war on meth is to #1: Have the right battle plan,” he proclaims. “The potential for harm to police officers and the communities goes up greatly because of illegal methamphetamine production,” says Sheldon Burkett, a Special Supervisory Agent and clandestine methamphetamine expert with the Drug Enforcement Administration. “These chemicals used to make meth need to be handled differently than drugs such as cocaine, heroin or marijuana would be treated because it is hazardous waste.” This one-hour training documentary focuses on how the illegal manufacturing, use, abuse and trafficking of methamphetamine wreaked havoc on this quiet county in the Panhandle. You will hear first-hand accounts about the dangers of meth from undercover officers, fire-fighters, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) methamphetamine experts as well as heart-wrenching stories from a former meth addict and a mother whose son committed suicide while high on meth. This video is designed to appeal to a wide-ranging audience — from law enforcement officers, fire fighters, neighborhood and citizen groups, probation and child protective services workers, drug treatment providers, schools — anyone or any agency who wants to know more about what meth is and how to protect yourself from the devastatingly dangerous demise it is having on communities nationwide.
Program Objectives: Learn how meth is being manufactured in neighborhood homes. Learn how to recognize Clan Lab Indicators — the ingredients, chemicals and supplies used to cook meth. Learn how to protect you from the dangers of the highly volatile chemicals used in illegal clandestine laboratory methamphetamine production. The environmental hazards associated with the production of methamphetamine. Explore the unique dangers meth poses to children. Understand how meth affects the user and how violent and dangerous people high on meth can be. Discover effective strategies in fighting the War on Meth.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Public domain video.
Today’s students can put dope in their veins or hope in their brains. If they can conceive it and believe it, they can achieve it. They must know it is not their aptitude but their attitude that will determine their altitude. Jesse Jackson