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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – With deputy Edward Tucker accused of meth charges, there are many questions about his mental state and the role his alleged drug use may have played in this ordeal.

It’s no secret that methamphetamine is highly addictive, so why would someone who’s seen the dangers of this drug firsthand choose to start using?

At a press conference this morning, Sheriff Donny Youngblood called the man they were looking for a “crankster,” not a sheriff’s deputy.

“It’s sad that someone that works in a law enforcement agency chooses to use a drug that we all know is so destructive and destroys so many lives,” Youngblood said. “It makes no logical sense why someone would do that.”

But county health officials say most adults who become addicted to methamphetamine either have it offered to them by someone they know, or chose to start using to escape bad things in their lives.

Either way, once addicted, it’s hard to break the cycle.

County Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders Bill Walker said the drug blocks people’s ability to see how it’s affecting them.

“Don’t you see what’s happening to you?” he said. “But actually, in the addiction, you stop seeing what’s happening to you. You stop perceiving normally.”

Last week, Tucker was arrested after allegedly pointing a gun at a group of young girls. When deputies arrived, they found him to allegedly be under the influence of methamphetamine.

Two days later, he was found in a park, again allegedly under the influence and in possession of several firearms and destructive devices.

So just how does someone like Deputy Tucker get to that point?

Walker used the example of someone who drinks too much the night before.

“As they clean up, they think, ‘I don’t want to do that again,’” he said. “If someone falls into an addiction, with methamphetamine, that kind of turns off and they keep spiraling down.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction to methamphetamine or other drugs, call 911 if there is an emergency.

You can also call Kern Stop Meth Now at 1-855-NO TO METH or the National Meth Hotline at 1-800-864-2027.



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