Many people struggle with this dangerous addiction

There is the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for breast cancer, the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out, Walk to Stop Diabetes, the Healthy Heart Run Walk, an ALS Recovery Fund 10K Run & 5K, the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, and on and on. These are all wonderful events for important causes, but where is the fundraiser for people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction?

My point is that people struggling with drugs and alcohol are stigmatized. But they are people, too – deserving of love just like anyone else.

You may say, “They chose to use that drug.” Maybe. But many times life circumstances lead them to try the drug in the first place. They may have started using drugs to take away something unpleasant, to cope with sadness or depression, to deal with stress or anxiety, and for many post-traumatic stress disorder.

Does this make them “bad” people?

Should we shun them just because they made that wrong choice?

No! We all enjoy things that make us feel good. And many people start using drugs in their teens, when their brains and a real understanding of the consequences of their choices have not fully developed.

Let’s consider other life choices. What about the person with lung cancer? Do we arrest him or her because she made the bad choice to smoke cigarettes? Or do we try and find a cure for lung cancer?

Heart disease can also be caused by bad choices such as an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, being overweight and smoking. Do we arrest someone with heart disease because they made the choice of an unhealthy diet and did not exercise enough? No, we try and find a cure for heart disease.

Should people with Type 2 diabetes be placed into prison for eating candy? Should people with hypertension be put into prison for eating fried foods? In my opinion, the focus and priority investment should be on prevention and treatment, not incarceration.

Law enforcement reporting and local treatment information indicate that meth trafficking and abuse continue to increase throughout the United States. Localized public health officials indicate that meth use is increasing. Ask any meth user and they will tell you that meth is everywhere. Most of us don’t think of meth users as soccer moms, doctors – people from every socioeconomic class. But they are.

Most meth users don’t have rotten teeth or scars all over their faces. They look just like the girl next door – a mother, a sister, a daughter, the woman working at the store.

There are many types of treatment programs – medically facilitated (like the medicines-based pharmacotherapy that I have been developing for almost 30 years), psychotherapy, 12-step programs, faith-based programs, or a combination of these that do help people get sober, with varying degrees of success.

The challenge after treatment for an addict – whether for alcohol, prescription drugs or cocaine – is how to restart life as a non-addict. They cry out, “Where is the help to reimagine my life?” This is something I discuss in my lectures to medical and graduate students. I often call it the “Lindsay Lohan Effect” – not to pick on her, but because many people are familiar with her trips in and out of rehab.

While in treatment, it is relatively easy for her to stay sober. But when she gets out, that is when her problems start. The same thing also happens to many people who successfully complete treatment; they cannot deal with life on the outside, so they relapse to doing what they know how to do – and they start using again.

Lindsay Lohan has wealth and people to support her when she gets out of treatment and she has still had her problems with sobriety. Unfortunately, most people have nowhere to go following treatment and no one to turn to, resulting in the inability to secure a job or acquire the necessary social skills to function effectively in society. So the question becomes, how do we strengthen the “after rehab” aspect of addiction rehabilitation?

There must be some way to help them stay clean and become productive members of society. Getting clean is hard work. Staying clean is harder work. They want to do it, but often can’t.

Let’s all become part of a grassroots effort, with our community coming together, providing money, facilities and people’s time, effort, and, of course, love. It is time to quit pretending that there is not a huge drug problem in our country – even in our own backyards! It is time to stop turning a blind eye to the problem. It is time to stop thinking that the government is going to fix this. It is time to do something, time for us to do something – NOW!

 

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Help others be the best they can be – Drug Free

Loving Solutions is a faith-based, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) support system asking for your help so that we can establish a home in the Shreveport, Louisiana, area for women who are healing from methamphetamine use. With your generous donations and support, Loving Solutions can realize our dream to provide a safe environment for women after they complete treatment for methamphetamine substance use disorder. Such an environment will assist women as they learn or relearn basic life skills necessary to lead productive, healthy and sober lives. Once established, our residents will receive loving support from our staff and other women who are on the same journey.

No one should go through recovery alone

Loving Solutions will be a Christian community guiding women healing from the effects of methamphetamine. Once a woman, aged 18 or above, has completed therapy and is drug free, Loving Solutions will provide a safe environment where women will REGAIN their self respect, REPLACE destructive behaviors with constructive ones, REMOVE unhealthy approaches to relationship building and REJOICE in the gift of the unconditional love of Jesus available to us all, no matter how many poor choices have been made or how much guilt is carried. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast,” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

If you have any questions about our work and how you can help, please contact us today.

 

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PAINTSVILLE – A Martin County woman charged with possession of methamphetamine faces additional drug after a cavity search allegedly revealed additional hidden drugs.

Geneva McGinnis, 36 from Debord, was arrested Tuesday, January 3 on charges related to possession of methamphetamine.

McGinnis was arrested along with James Johnson, 38 from Flat Gap, after a traffic stop revealed that Johnson had active warrants for his arrest by the Main County Sheriff’s Department. During the traffic stop, officers allegedly discovered a bent spoon in the console of the vehicle and a syringe with liquid in it on the passenger’s side floor board where McGinnis was seated.

While McGinnis was being processed at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center located in Paintsville Ky., a female correction officer allegedly discovered a plastic baggy in McGinnis’s pelvis area during a cavity search.

Three individual baggies were allegedly inside the larger baggy discovered in McGinnis’s pelvic region. McGinnis reportedly told law enforcement that the powdery substances inside the bag were methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin.

McGinnis has been charged with drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance in the first degree and first offense possession of methamphetamine. McGinnis could face indictment on charges related to promoting contraband in the first degree which is a felony offense.

McGinnis has been arrested on drug charges on prior occasions. Arrest reports indicate that McGinnis was arrested was arrested on drug charges in October, June and August 2016.

 

 

 

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SARASOTA CO., Fla. (WWSB) – A 44-year-old woman has been charged in the drowning of her infant grandson in North Port.

Robin Lee Florand was charged with negligence and aggravated manslaughter after a lengthy investigation into the death of 4-month-old Anakin David James Ennis. The charges are the result of a lengthy investigation into the infants death, which happened in his North Port home on Nov. 16. The mother was not present.

Police said Florand negligently left the child in a bathtub unsupervised for nearly 10-minutes. The child was unresponsive, found face down in a few inches of water. A neighbor helped give CPR before he was rushed to the hospital, where he later passed away.

Methamphetamine was found in the bathroom, according to the police report. Florand also tested positive for the drug in her system. A warrant was issued and Florand was arrested in Polk County.

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Fourteen female inmates in the Franklin County Regional Jail tested positive for methamphetamine after one inmate allegedly hid the drugs in her genitals before her arrest and dispersed them.

Last week, a Franklin County grand jury indicted Tiffany Green, 32, on charges of possession of heroin and methamphetamine stemming from her arrest at Fairfield Inn near Versailles Road. According to court documents, Green allegedly still had enough methamphetamine concealed in her body after her incarceration to share with 13 inmates in a 20-woman pod.

“One of the defendants, Christina Alves, was seven months pregnant and was being cared for, had medical appointments, and during the course of that it was discovered she had methamphetamine inside her body,” Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Zach Becker said. “It was removed. The jail staff was notified. She then gave a Mirandized statement saying she had used that methamphetamine, had given it to other inmates and received it from Ms. Green.”

An investigation was launched, resulting in 14 of the 20 female inmates in one pod testing positive for methamphetamine. According to Becker, “because of the time of the month it was, she (Green) could no longer store it herself, so she divided it up” among three other inmates who allegedly dispersed the drug among those in the pod. According to the indictment, the four inmates dispersed the meth between Dec. 30, 2016 and Jan. 3, 2017.

The accused inmates Alves, 27, Christina Dews, 33, and Rebecca Chappell, 38, are all of Frankfort.

Many of the 14 inmates who tested positive for meth, Becker said, are on probation or parole, which will be revoked as a result of the investigation and drug tests.

Green was indicted on charges of first-degree promoting contraband, a Class D felony; tampering with physical evidence, a Class D felony; and trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, first offense, more or equal to 2 grams of methamphetamine, a Class C felony.

Alves was indicted on charges of first-degree promoting contraband, a Class D felony, and tampering with physical evidence, a Class D felony.

Dews was indicted on charges of first-degree promoting contraband, a Class D felony; trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, first offense, less than 2 grams of methamphetamine, a Class D felony; and first-degree persistent felony offender.

Chappell was indicted on charges of first-degree promoting contraband, a Class D felony, and trafficking in controlled substance, first degree, first offense, less than 2 grams of methamphetamine, a Class D felony.

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CHISHOLM — Two individuals have been formally charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine stemming from the discovery of a clandestine lab in a camper trailer in Chisholm last week.

Constance M. Carlson, 45, and her son, Mykal J. Myers, 26, both of Chisholm, were each charged with felony manufacturing of methamphetamine in the first degree and felony possession of chemical reagents with intent to manufacture methamphetamine before Judge Mark M. Starr Friday in St. Louis County Sixth District Court in Hibbing.

Bail for Carlson was set at $50,000. Myers was not granted bail, as he’s also facing charges of felony probation violation and being held on warrants out of St. Louis County and Todd County.

Both remain in custody as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the St. Louis County Jail roster.

The two were arrested on Jan. 11, following an investigation of a camper trailer in the backyard and alleyway of 522 N.W. Fourth St. Chisholm Police officers had been tipped off to suspicious activity in the trailer, detecting a strong chemical odor believed to be the result of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Myers and a female were in the camper at the time. Both were taken into custody on warrants.

When questioned what was going on in the camper, Myers said he and the female were fornicating, according to the complaint.

Noting the two had the same chemical odor on their clothing as was coming from inside the camper, an officer entered the camper and found miscellaneous items known to be used to cook methamphetamine.

A search warrant was secured by Lake Superior Drug and Violent Task Force (LSDVCTF) to be executed on the camper. Duluth Fire Department’s Hazard Waste Team also assisted by entering the camper in protective gear to photograph the interior of the camper.

A variety of items along with recipes for methamphetamine were discovered in the camper, according to the complaint. Methamphetamine oil was also present in the lab.

A search warrant on Carlson’s residence led to the discovery of a “white powdery substance” that later tested positive for meth.

In an interview with investigators, Myers said he didn’t know how long he had been in the camper and denied anything inside was his. He denied making meth, but admitted to using it a few hours earlier.

Carlson declined to provide a statement.

Myers criminal history includes a fifth degree controlled substance conviction in September 2015.

Manufacturing of meth in the first degree carries a maximum sentence of 40 years and/or $1 million. Possession of chemical reagents with intent to manufacture meth carries a maximum sentence of 10 years and/or $20,000 for a first conviction; second or subsequent conviction is not more than 15 years and/or $30,000.

 

 

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A 26-year-old Briarcliff Manor woman was arrested after police in Westport, Connecticut, found a pound of meth in her car early Tuesday morning.

Just after midnight, officers responded to the area of Post Road East and Compo Road on a report of a disabled vehicle at the intersection and had to wake its driver, Noura Yousef, who was passed out behind the wheel, police said.

While speaking with her, officers noticed she seemed disoriented and possibly under the influence of drugs or alcohol, police said. Further investigation revealed there was a package containing methamphetamine in her car, along with several glass pipes, police said.

She was charged with Sale of a Controlled Substance, Operating Under the Influence of Drugs/Alcohol, Failure to Drive in Proper Lane and Failure to Carry a License. Yousef is being held on $26,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court later this month.

Based on the amount of meth discovered, the case remains under investigation, police said.

 

 

 

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A Houston woman faces possible felony drug charges after apparently inadvertently returning methamphetamine to the Houston Walmart.

According to a Houston Police Department report, an officer responded to Walmart on Jan. 1 regarding a report of a woman who had brought a box of cologne containing drugs to the service counter for an exchange.

The officer reported that a Walmart employee stated that the woman, 44, of Houston, had presented the cologne box to her and when she checked its contents a small plastic bag containing a white crystalline substance fell out. Investigation revealed that the substance field-tested positive as methamphetamine.

The officer spoke to the woman – who was still shopping inside the store – about the situation, and she said the meth wasn’t hers and she must have been set up by a man. The bag was sent to the Missouri State Highway Patrol lab for testing, and a probable cause statement was sent to the county prosecutor seeking a felony drug possession charge against the woman.

 

 

 

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A Thibodaux man was arrested Sunday after he choked a woman until she lost consciousness, then tied her up, punched her and whipped her with a belt, police said today.

Michael Globe, 43, 108 Iris St., is charged with domestic abuse battery involving strangulation, aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon, false imprisonment, obstruction of justice and possession of drug paraphernalia. He remains in the Lafourche Parish jail on a $96,000 bond.

The victim ran to a home on Sanders Street about 12:18 p.m. Sunday and told the homeowner Globe was trying to kill her, Thibodaux Police Chief Bryan Zeringue said in a news release. Officers learned the attack had occurred about an hour before, when Globe accused the victim of taking his methamphetamine.

Zeringue said Globe placed a cord around the woman’s neck, tied one end to the couch and went outside to remove security cameras outside the home, at which time the woman escaped.

 

 

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A man and woman arrested Saturday afternoon following a traffic stop near Mills each face drug possession and child endangerment charges.

Louis Hamilton, 27, and Shawntae Long, 23, are each accused of child endangerment with methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine. Long also faces a marijuana possession charge.

Casper police responded to the area of West Yellowstone Highway at about 1 p.m. Saturday after officers were told that a man was erratically driving southbound on South Center Street and may have been hitting the passenger.

Officers found the vehicle going about 65 mph and stopped it on West Yellowstone Highway west of Salt Creek Highway.

The driver, Hamilton, was accompanied by Long in the passenger seat and a small child in the back seat.

Hamilton allegedly admitted he was under the influence and told an officer there were drugs in the vehicle, adding that he gave the to Long, though they did belong to him.

Long was crying with her head in her hands. She told officers she and Hamilton had been in a fight, but denied the fight got physical.

Officers found a Crown Royal bag in Long’s right coat pocket which contained one used syringe, a metal spoon with white residue on it, a used cotton swab, and two empty jewelers’ baggies with a white, crystalline residue inside of them, according to the affidavit.

An officer reportedly recognized all of the items in the bag were things typically used to inject methamphetamine into the blood stream intravenously.

Officers also allegedly found a red straw, called a “tooter,” which could be used to snort methamphetamine in Long’s purse.

A Department of Family Services representative was called for the child.

Long reportedly told officers during an interview that she and Hamilton had argued because one of their mutual friends had been in an abusive relationship, and Long said she and Hamilton had been in the same room as the alleged batterer.

Hamilton was reportedly angry at Long because she allowed him to stay at the residence with the alleged batterer, knowing Hamilton wanted to fight the man, according to court documents.

Long claimed she didn’t know hamilton was using methamphetamine again and was unaware that he had drugs in the vehicle.

When asked about the “tooter” in her purse, Long said she didn’t know anything about it and said she had not used methamphetamine since she was 19, the affidavit says.

Hamilton allegedly told police that he used meth earlier that morning and said Long didn’t know anything about the drugs in the truck.

He also said he stuffed the Crown Royal bag into Long’s pocket, even though he would have had to reach all the way across the truck to do so.

During his interview with police, Hamilton allegedly said he had a small jewelers’ baggie of methamphetamine in his sock.

Hamilton told the same story as Long regarding their argument, and also said it had not turned physical, according to the affidavit.

While booking her into the Natrona County Detention Center, a deputy allegedly found a bag of marijuana in Long’s bra.

 

 

 

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Disgraced vicar Paul Flowers, who has been dubbed as the “Crystal Methodist,” has finally been kicked out of the church three years after his drug and rent boys scandal erupted.

Three years ago, church elders suspended Minister Flowers from the Methodist Church when he was videotaped buying crystal meth and cocaine for a house party. He was sacked following a disciplinary hearing on Dec. 12, 2016, The Sun details.

“He can no longer practise as a minister in the Methodist Church,” a representative from the Methodist Church said of Flowers. “It’s about conduct and standards and how we expect ministers to act and live their life.”

In addition, the spokesman admitted that the process of removing Flowers from the list of church ministers took some time since his suspension. The representative explained that the disgraced vicar was unable to meet the disciplinary committee because he was “unwell at various times last year.”

In the succeeding months after the scandal broke out, the “Crystal Methodist” confessed to having sinned and said he went through “life-changing” rehabilitation. However, he showed little signs of bouncing back from his seedy lifestyle despite his announced treatment, the Daily Mail reports.

A video obtained by the Sunday Mirror shows the former Co-Operative Bank chairman snorting lines of white powder from a plate and entertaining rent boys in a four-day house party. The bank also plunged into financial woes as Flowers’ drug activities interfered with his ability to manage his career.

During the disciplinary panel last month, Flowers admitted to charge of “seriously impairing the mission, witness or integrity” of the Methodist Church and had declined to file an appeal. Because of the decision, the disgraced vicar is now banned from attending church services.

In addition, the magistrates in Leeds ordered Flowers to pay a fine of £400, £40 in victim surcharge and £85 in legal costs.

 

 

 

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WELLS COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) The mother of a 3-year-old boy whose body was found burned in a woods in rural Wells County was sentenced Tuesday for a drug charge, in line with a plea deal that found her free of a high-level neglect count and five other felonies related to his death.

Breanna Arnold, the 23-year-old mother of Owen Collins, was sentenced Tuesday in Wells Circuit Court to 20 years in prison and two and a half years of probation for a single charge of Level 2 felony dealing in methamphetamine. As part of the deal with the Wells County Prosecutor’s Office Arnold agreed to in late November, additional charges of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, neglect of a dependent, altering the scene of a death, abuse of a corpse and obstruction of justice were dropped.

The sentence was the maximum sentence possible under that plea deal.

Young Owen’s body was found Jan. 18, 2015, in a charred cardboard box in a wooded area. Police had been searching for him after he was reported missing.

”As soon as she found out her child her dead if she picked up the other one and ran out screaming saying, ‘call the police. Someone help me my child is dead.’ I don’t think she would have ever gotten charged,” Arnold’s attorney Nikos Nakos said.

Police said that Arnold, her boyfriend, 31-year-old Zachary S. Barnes, and a then-16-year-old Zachary Barker, were all “shooting dope” in their Normandy Drive home on two days before and into the morning. They reportedly told police that at one point, Arnold went into a back bedroom to check on Owen and his 6-year-old-brother, and found Owen dead.

Barnes told police that he suggested they get rid of the boy’s body.

At that point, Barnes and the teen told police they wrapped the child in plastic wrap and stuffed him into a dresser drawer. On Sunday morning, Barnes and Barker put Owen in a cardboard box and rode with a woman to Marion. The woman, who spoke to police later, said Barnes put a cardboard box into the back seat of her car. She said she did not know what was in the box.

The woman told police before they made it to Marion, the three stopped at a wooded area and Barnes and Barker set the box with Collins in it down, poured nail polish on it and set it on fire. The scene was some 12 miles from Owen’s home.

In Marion then, Barnes told his brother that Owen had gone missing. Joseph Barnes called the Wells County Sheriff’s Department and asked if any children had been reported missing, which set off a search for the boy.

Days later, Arnold and Barnes were charged. In June 2015, Barnes pleaded guilty to murdering Owen. He was sentenced 50 years.

Barker pleaded guilty in August 2015 to abuse of a corpse and dealing methamphetamine in a separate deal with prosecutors that dropped four additional charges against him. He was sentenced to 12 years behind bars.

 

 

 

 

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Breanna J. Arnold, 21, and Zachary S. Barnes, 30, and an unnamed 16-year-old arrested after 3-year-old child’s corpse found burned in a cardboard box; Admitted cooking Methamphetamine

 

Breanna Arnold, 21, and Zachary Barnes, 30, both of Bluffton, Indiana, formally charged in death of her 3-year-old son: Put Methamphetamine in little boy’s drink

 

Breanna Arnold, the 22-year-old mother of 3-year-old Owen Collins, pleads guilty to Methamphetamine charge

CAMERON, N.C. (WNCN) — Two men and a woman were arrested after a mobile meth lab was found in the trunk of the car they were traveling in, Moore County officials said,

The incident happened Monday when Moore County deputies pulled over a car in a traffic stop on Holly Hills Road in Cameron, Moore County Sheriff Neil Godfrey said.

 

Deputies were given permission to search the car and found a backpack in the trunk of the car, Godfrey said.

The backpack “contained a shake-and-bake methamphetamine lab,” Godfrey said in an email.

Justin Leigh Biffle, 37, of 334 Evergreen Road in Sanford, Eddie Michael Bird, 36, and Ashley Dawn Richardson, 33, both of 6831 Jefferson Davis Highway in Cameron were charged in the incident.

Biffle was charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine precursors, felony maintaining a vehicle for the storage of a controlled-substance and the possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bird and Richardson were charged with manufacturing of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine precursors and the possession drug paraphernalia.

All three suspects are being held in the Moore County Detention Center on a $100,000 secured bond each.

Their next court date is scheduled for  Jan. 24.

 

 

 

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Lincoln police arrested a Hastings man after finding what they believe is more than an ounce of meth in his SUV.

Officers picked him up near 27th and Holdrege streets about 1:55 Sunday morning after getting a report of a Tahoe with no plates running other drivers off the road.

Officers said they found 1.34 ounces of meth and $373 in Ceja’s SUV. They arrested him on suspicion of possession of meth with the intent to deliver and possession of money while violating state law.

 

 

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HOLMES AND WASHINGTON COUNTIES – Local organizations are working to make resources more visible to combat methamphetamine use in our rural communities.

Meth has made the headlines more often around criminal activity and grown exponentially in popularity due to how cheap the substance is on the street and the ease in obtaining common household ingredients to manufacture it.

“People don’t even have to go out and find drug dealers because they can make it themselves,” said Wanda Campbell, CEO of Chemical Addiction Recovery Effort, Inc. (CARE). “That results in an increase in users.”

CARE is a non-profit agency with two residential detox facilities in Bay County that helps residents in six counties fight chemical addictions by providing outpatient services, such as group and individual counseling, education, intervention and connections to other resources.

The convenience of methamphetamine and wider use has created more of a need for government and grassroots efforts to tackle the problem. Church affiliated programs, such as the Faith-based Addiction Regeneration Ministry of Northwest Florida (FARM) in Bonifay, have also been vital in helping people find and maintain a path of sobriety.

Karen Johnson, administrator at Holmes and Washington County Health Departments, said substance abuse is an ongoing topic at the quarterly Community Health Task Force meetings of the area’s health and social service organizations. It often takes a network of resources to help one person put life back together.

“One of the biggest misconceptions is people want treatment, but they can’t afford it – that is simply not true,” said Campbell. CARE treated over 900 drug users last year, including those addicted to methamphetamine.

CARE is able to offer free and low-cost treatment options to its clients in part from Medicaid funding.

“If a person is on opiates and has a real desire to maintain sobriety, we’re able to offer Vivitrol at no cost to the patient,” said Campbell.

Vivitrol is a monthly injection that works by reducing the opioid craving without delivering a high to the patient. While clinical care is an important part of helping patients break the addiction cycle, it is not always the most pressing need.

“The need is not always getting off the drug. It may be childcare, housing, employment, transportation, job skills or clothing. We try to make sure that they have the services so they can focus on staying sober,” said Campbell.

CARE offers wrap-around services in Holmes and Washington Counties to fight the socioeconomic and other life factors contributing to drug use, whether it’s the first signs of addiction or a long-time user experiencing relapse.

Campbell said she has seen stigma around seeking drug treatment improve in her 36 years working in the CARE organization, but there is still a long way to go in helping the public understand addiction.

“It’s self-inflicted, but it’s still a disease,” said Campbell. “If they have no hope or nothing to look forward to in getting back up sometimes, they need the support and someone saying ‘you can make it’.”

Getting treatment for meth and other substance abuse does not have to disrupt life. CARE offers evening services for people who work and has treatment options for adolescents and pregnant women.

“They’ve got to start somewhere, and we want them to make informed choices,” said Campbell. “It starts with making that call.”

CARE’s Bonifay office may be reached at 850-547-5017. Clients may also seek treatment in Marianna by calling 850-526-3133.

 

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This is how the drugs move in Quintana Roo

Posted: 18th January 2017 by Doc in Uncategorized

Posted by DD republished from La Sila Rota
And a special thanks to BB reader Tu Fren for sending us  the link to the story.  \

CANCÚN, Quintana Roo (La Silla Rota) .- “The Los Pelones drug was better than the Zetas , it was purer, more cocaine, it was cheaper,” says Adrian “N”, remembering and comparing the two Types of crack that he consumed for more than five years in different picaderos of Cancun , Quintana Roo .

Adrian, went from being an exemplary father, present at the morning meetings of his children’s school, a good neighbor and worker, to a man who left his family.

For him to get drugs in Cancun was never a problem, just take any unit of the “Andrés Quintana Roo” Taxi Drivers’ Union, and ask the driver to take you to an area where they sell crack. Another way is to go to a strip bar in the center of the city and ask prostitutes to help you get a dose, go and consume it at an economic motel in the area known as “The Cruise.” The other is to go directly to an arena (an abandoned area where people who consume “stone”, cocaine and other substances) meet.

The simplest, quickest and most economical way to do this was, for him, the latter. The place was “Plaza Kabah”, an abandoned facility in the 93rd Region of Cancun, located on Kabah Avenue and Francisco I. Madero.

In that place, almost always after leaving work, Adrian saw the “Flaco”, a middle-aged man who lived there and looked after the square; Presented himself as the administrator and invited the people who passed through the area to drink a beer.

“El Flaco contacted the drug provider, he did not sell it, he used to call people, he opened and he always kept the gate closed, except he would open it for them” explains Adrian.

The Kabah Square is on two levels, on the sides, on the front and on the ground floor has different shopping venues. The establishment was maintained from 2007 to 2015 with businesses closed, others abandoned and survived barely 10 businesses that were in front of the main avenues, a few meters farther from the picadero.

Due to the lack of supervision of the authorities in the area, the “Flaco” and other companions decided to inhabit the square to live and also to take people to use drugs, says Adrian.

“Any building, local or plaza in Cancun, which has an area without surveillance or abandoned, is a point prone to become a picadero,” he describes.
 
On drugs, he says, there are two prices, one of 50 and 100 pesos for a dose.  It was supposed that the cheap was from a group, “Los Pelones’, They sold better quality, it was cheap, and we liked it,  We fought for that. The other was sold by Los Zetas was more ordinary, poor, less cocaine, more crap of another type.
 
Adrian says that the preference of the drug addicts for the Los Pelones crack was so high that sometimes it was scarce.
 
At this picadora the “Flaco” borrowed the phone from his friends-clients to call the drug supplier who arrived in a taxi driven from Plaza Kabah.
 
In 2016, the “Andrés Quintana Roo” Taxi Drivers’ Union reported that it expelled 102 taxi drivers from the trade union for not paying union dues, others for being involved in common law crimes, for robbery, attempted rape and narco-trafficking.
 
“I would talk to any taxi driver, ask where they are selling, I would not pick up a special taxi I knew, I never got a taxi driver who did not know … I bought and returned to the taxi, I paid normal return fare.  
 
For example if it was 30 and 30, I would give them 70 pesos, they would win because of it, “Adrian explains.
 
Drug sales come from at least three drug cartels, including the Gulf Cartel (CDG), Los Pelones and the New Generation Jalisco Cartel (CJNG), according to prosecutors.

According to statistics from the Center for Youth Integration (CIJ) drug use increased in Cancun during 2016, especially among women and minors. In 2015, 680 patients were treated for the first time in a rehabilitation process, while until October 2016 500 patients attended.
 
“The drugs they have access to are outside of universities, drugstores, nightclubs and even through social networks and by WhatsApp … Just call or send a message to the seller through Facebook or WhatsApp , And then the product reaches the home of the addict, “says Lilian Negrete Estrella, president of the CIJ of Cancun.
 
The same thing happens in Playa del Carmen, municipality of Solidaridad, where getting drugs is as easy as asking transporters, waiters or service providers, according to police sources and shopkeepers at La Silla Rota .
 
The area of ​​La Quinta Avenida and Calle 12 – where on Monday there was a shooting with five people dead – is known for its bars, clubs, restaurants but also for being an area where narcomenudistas have presence to satisfy the consumption of Tourists and locals.
 
The drug dealers live mainly in the colonies El Ejido and Luis Donaldo Colosio from where they go down to the tourist area to distribute; The market is fighting for this area are “Los Pelones” and Gulf Cartel. In this tourist center, cocaine is the best-selling drug, according to the Office of the Prosecutor.
 
Narcomenudeo focuses on Cancun
 
During the last three years Cancún has captured 43.9% of the arrests for narcomenudeo in Quintana Roo. The State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) from 2014 to 2016 has detained 1,852 people for possession of drugs in Quintana Roo that were intended to be marketed in at least eight municipalities out of the 11 that the state has.
 
According to the Attorney General’s report, Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Chetumal are the main selling areas for narcomenudistas.
 
However, tourist destinations such as Isla Mujeres, Tulum and Cozumel are areas of opportunity to sell drugs, since in those municipalities they captured the rest of sellers, officials say.
Marijuana leads the list in the Quintana Roo drug sale, followed by cocaine, methamphetamine, and methamphetamine (MDA) – a psychoactive family of methamphetamine that is distributed in pills or pills – in addition to crystal.
 
Miguel Ángel Pech Cen, head of the FGE in Quintana Roo, who was appointed to the post in December 2016, mentions that in the fight against narcomenudeo, they will support the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) and the Secretary of the Navy (Semar) to Stop from shooters and drug dealers operating in the state and in different tourist destinations.
 
“What harms the population not only from here, but the borders of our state, in the center of Quintana Roo, the fact that they are connected with Yucatan and Campeche, makes this area attractive for the reception of the drug, in Reception and distribution. As far as the south (state) area is concerned, there are people and I can tell you that even families who are involved in these activities, that there may be complicities from some authorities that protect them and sometimes prevent this situation (detentions) 
 
Are part of the investigations that are carried out, “says the prosecutor.
 
20 risk zones of consumption in Cancun
The tourist destination has 20 colonies or zones of high risk for the use of drugs, that is, in those colonies is living the largest percentage of consumers of harmful substances.
According to the Basic Community Study (EBCO) developed by the ICJ, there are at least 20 colonies of high risk and priority attention for the period 2013-2018, the same regions that must be addressed with drug prevention programs.
 
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Yesterday the Facebook news page of the weekly “Playa News Aqui y Ahora”, was the first to report  the hanging of a manta, supposedly signed by Old School zetas taking responsibility of the Blue Parrot Club shooting, in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo.

We held back from publishing the story in hopes of verifying its authenticity.  Although blogs have gone with the story, few mainstream media  published it.  El Debate was the closest to mainstream that did.  However since readers have asked about it, here is what we know.

A manta was hanged in Playa del Carmen and  Playa News took photos of the narco message before it was taken down.  The photo above is the image the news source took and published.

Paraphrased:

This is a sign (presumably speaking of the shooting) that we are here, it happened because Phillip-BPM, (music festival) not aligning. It’s the beginning; we will cut the heads of Golfos, (CDG) Pelones and Chapulines.  Signed,   “El Fayo” Z Vieo Escuela

Supposedly, members of the Golfo Cartel had attempted to invade the event for the purpose of selling drugs.  That act would have provoked a territorial dispute confrontation between them and Zetas.

The alleged message of “Los Zetas” would indicate that would confirm that the killing in the Blue Parrot was a confrontation by the dispute of the square between groups of the narco and not a conflict between two individuals as authorities insisted and would like the public to believe. Nothing in this report seems out of the bounds of possibility.

Borderland Beat Reporter guest reporter Posted at 9:17 AM

 

 

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8 Killed in narco gun attack at popular Playa del Carmen club

BURNET — A Burnet County jury recommended a sentence of 12 years in prison after convicting Jesus Jose “Joey” Lacer on Jan. 11 of sexually assaulting his girlfriend.

State District Judge Allan Garrett then sentenced the man for that term. Along with the sexual assault charge, the jury also convicted Lacer of choking the same woman and recommended 10 years in prison for that crime. The two sentences will run concurrently.

“This trial brings to light the plight of many women and children who are victims of abuse,” said Burnet County District Attorney Wiley “Sonny” McAfee. “It does not matter whether the abuse is fueled by drugs or just caused by cruel people.”

The investigation began in May 2015 when Child Protective Services investigator and former Dallas police officer Kristin Cantu began looking into a possible case of neglect involving the children of Lacer and his girlfriend. During an interview of the children, Cantu noticed bruises on the mother’s face, arms, and ribs. Though tasked with investigating possible child abuse, Cantu asked the woman about any abuse directed toward her.

Initially, the woman told Cantu that Lacer, her on-and-off-again boyfriend of 13 years, had physically assaulted her, including stomping on her and choking her in a motel room with the children present.

Later during the CPS investigation, prior to a child custody hearing, the victim told Cantu that Lacer had also sexually assaulted her that same day.

According to the district attorney’s office, Cantu escorted the woman to the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office, where BCSO Deputy Joe Saldivar took her statement and opened an investigation that eventually led to Lacer’s arrest on the sexual assault charge.

During the trial before Garrett, Lacer blamed his violence on methamphetamine use and the victim, according to the district attorney’s statement.

“Lacer claimed that the bruises on the victim’s side were caused as he tripped over her as she lay on the floor, rather than by him stomping on her,” the district attorney’s office release stated. “He claimed the bruises on her face were caused by the victim striking herself, and the bruises on her arms were from (him) taking her by the arms to lift her out of his way as he left the motel.”

The man also told the court the sex was consensual, according to the district attorney’s office release.

Though the defense tried to sway the jury that the victim alleged the sexual assault to bolster a positive outcome in the child custody case, the woman testified that “her rights to her children depended on what she did in the future to change and not what Lacer had done or would do in the future.”

The jury deliberated for four hours before returning a guilty verdict for the charges of assault-family violence by impeding breath (choking) and sexual assault.

Assistant District Attorney Amber Shanafelt, who assisted McAfee in prosecuting the case, said these cases are difficult to prosecute because often, even if the victim has the courage to come forward, the abuser manages to convince her to take him back and drop the charges.

“More times than not, victims do not work out of that cycle of violence … until something drastic occurs,” she said. “My hope is that women who are victimized realize help is available to change.”

In this situation, McAfee said the victim has taken steps to break the cycle of violence and carve out a better life for her and her children.

“The most satisfying part of this investigation and prosecution was in learning the rest of the story of this victim and her children,” he said. “In the last 20 months, the victim has moved away from this area and has been successful in staying off drugs completely, becoming employed, attending classes, and participating in therapy with her children.

“Her children have gone from living in motel to motel in drug-infested areas to a stable home environment and making straight A’s,” McAfee added. “I am pleased this woman had the strength to say something about the violence and then take positive steps toward a normal, productive life for her and those wonderful kids.”

If a person knows a victim of abuse or family violence, or they themselves are victims, call the Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center Hotline at (830) 693-5600 or local law enforcement. The Family Crisis Center provides services from the time of the incident throughout the entire healing and recovery process.

 

 

 

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An Evansville Police K-9 helped make a meth arrest during a traffic stop Sunday.

Police stopped Krystle Cupp because her Camara allegedly had a busted back window.

Officers had her get out and asked if there was anything illegal in the car.

The K-9 officer started a search. Officers then say they found a syringe filled with meth above the visor.

Cupp faces two felony charges.

 

 

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Kentucky State Police arrested a Dawson Springs woman for allegedly trafficking meth.

On January 13, a KSP Trooper conducted a traffic stop in Hopkins County around 8 p.m. for an alleged vehicle violation. Donna Stanley, 32, was a passenger in that vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, KSP says Stanley was found to be in possession of suspected crystal meth and drug paraphernalia. Authorities say the drugs and paraphernalia were consistent with trafficking in narcotics.

Stanley is charged with trafficking meth, possessing marijuana, and possessing drug paraphernalia.

She was lodged in the Hopkins County Jail.

 

 

 

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HANFORD — Hanford police arrested a woman Friday after she allegedly crashed into a vehicle while under the influence of drugs.

Around 9:47 p.m., the Hanford Police Department responded to a traffic accident in the 400 block of East Second Street. Officers found Renee Mosqueda, 44, in the driver’s seat of her vehicle. Police said Mosqueda apparently hit a parked vehicle on Second Street and came to rest facing westbound in the eastbound lane.

Mosqueda reportedly showed signs of being under the influence of drugs. Police said Mosqueda failed a series of field sobriety tests. She was arrested and booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of DUI.

During the booking process, police said, Mosqueda was found in possession of 7.5 grams of methamphetamine. She faces an additional charge for bringing a controlled substance into the jail. Her bail was set at $30,000.

 

 

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PIERRE, S.D.A Dallas, S.D. man has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a child.

Donald Kelvin Story, 51, plead guilty to one count of distribution of a controlled substance to a minor, methamphetamine, class 2 felony, punishable by to 25 years in the state penitentiary and/or $50,000 fine and one count of sexual contact with a child under the age of 16, class 3 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in the state penitentiary and/or $30,000 fine.

Between Feb. 1, 2016 and May 6, 2016, Story engaged in sexual acts and provided methamphetamine to a minor in his place of residence located in Dallas. Story originally faced rape charges and was arrested along with a Colome man. READ MORE

This case was investigated by the Gregory County Sheriff’s Office and Division of Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office and Gregory County States Attorney Amy Bartling.

 

 

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Donald Story, 51, of Dallas, pleads guilty to giving Methamphetamine and having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl

MELFORT, Sask. —A Saskatchewan woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for the fatal stabbing of her 70-year-old great uncle.

Candace Gail Moostoos of Melfort was convicted by a jury last October of manslaughter in the death of Alpheus Burns.

The senior, who was a member of the James Smith Cree Nation, was discovered in his Melfort apartment in May 2015.

Moostoos, who was originally charged with second-degree murder, turned herself into police the same day her uncle’s body was found.

Court heard the woman was impaired by crystal meth and alcohol when she stabbed Burns five times after he sexually assaulted her in his suite

Based on time already spent in custody, Moostoos faces another 4 1/2 years behind bars.

Court was also told that Moostoos had been on meth for six to seven days when she went to Burns’s apartment to ask for a ride to the liquor store.

At some point, he grabbed her crotch and asked for oral sex. When she couldn’t escape, she saw a knife on a table and stabbed him five times.

Justin Burns, who was chief of the First Nation in 2015, said shortly after the killing that Alpheus Burns was his uncle and a respected elder in the community.

He said the death had hit band members very hard.

“He was a nice guy. He did a lot of ceremonies with a lot of our people back home. He got involved with our youth, especially during our cultural days.”

Upon her release, Moostoos faces a 10-year ban on possessing weapons.

 

 

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HOUMA, La. – Two brothers are in jail Monday after authorities said they ran a meth lab inside a home.

According to Sheriff Craig Webre, Nicholas and Christian Chauvin were both arrested Friday.

Authorities said Drug Task Force agents went to the home of Nicholas Chauvin, on Sandy Lane in Houma, in connection with two active warrants for distribution of methamphetamine.

When authorities got to the out, they came in contact with Chauvin outside and arrested him without incident. They also found his brother, Christian at the home.

After getting a search warrant for the home, authorities said they found tools and items commonly associated with making methamphetamine. At that point, Christian Chauvin was arrested, officials said.

Both brothers are being held at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodeaux.

 

 

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MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WTVQ) – Deputies say a tip on drug activity at a home on Ralph Maze Lane led to an arrest on Sunday.

Deputies went to the home at about 7:00 p.m. to investigate with a “knock and talk” visit.  According to investigators, a woman living in a separate building informed them there were two people in the home at the time.

When deputies knocked, they say someone inside asked who it was, and when they replied they were from the Sheriff’s Office, and asked permission to enter, the person, identified as 45-year-old Alan Ramsey of Middlesboro, consented.

While inside the home, deputies say they saw a backpack on the floor, which Ramsey again consented to having searched.

Inside the backpack, deputies say they found ingredients used to manufacture methamphetamine.  They say Ramsey also admitted to making meth in the home.

Ramsey was arrested and taken to the Bell County Detention Center, charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.  Deputies say he was also served with two outstanding warrants.

 

 

 

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JARRELL, Texas (KXAN) — A traffic stop on Interstate 35 in Jarrell yielded more than 30 pounds of methamphetamine, says the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.

The department says during Friday’s stop, a search of the vehicle revealed drugs were hidden in a compartment within the vehicle. The total amount of methamphetamine the department seized was 32.7 pounds.

The driver and the passenger were both charged with possession of controlled substance.

“Williamson County Sheriffs Office is aware of the damaging impacts that the illegal drug trade has on our communities and thereby let it be a warning that we are totally committed to aggressively interdicting those individuals who dare to attempt transport through Williamson County,” says the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Assistant Chief Deputy Roy Fikac.

 

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