“Our community is not immune from the poison of methamphetamine.” – Alicia Limtiaco, U.S. attorney for Guam and CNMI
It’s heartbreaking to see some of our island residents getting in trouble with the law because of their addiction to drugs.
Crystal methamphetamine is the drug of choice on the island, federal authorities recently said.
Meth use affects some of our island youth, starting as early as in high school.
In fact, meth use affects all aspects of society, says the Drug Enforcement Agency’s acting resident agent-in-charge Kirk Williamson.
“It does not discriminate between race, sex, income level, social level or anything like that,” Williamson says.
Meth addiction was a major public focus with the “War on Ice” campaign in the 1990s.
Back then, smugglers brought meth from foreign lands, like the Philippines and other Asian neighbor countries.
In recent months and years, many of the meth-smuggling cases have involved sending the drug to Guam by mail, mostly through the U.S. Postal Service. Meth has become a domestic supply.
While the authorities – including the DEA, U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, U.S. Postal Service, customs and Guam police – are working jointly to combat the problem, meth still has ended up on Guam’s streets. Meth still has caused former outstanding members of our community to steal from their families, from businesses and their employers. Meth addicts continue to slide down a destructive life path.
An increased demand for meth is one of the contributing factors for the rise in meth-related cases being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, says Alicia Limtiaco, the U.S. attorney for Guam and the Northern Marianas.
“Our community is not immune from the poison of methamphetamine.”
Law enforcement can’t take up this fight alone. This is a Guam burden for all to carry and deal with, and it starts at home, in Guam’s extended family system.
When a loved one becomes hooked on meth, families must take a tough-love stance.
It’s easier said than done, but it has to be done. Keep your valuables secure from a drug-addict family member. Help the family member through with spiritual guidance and emotional support to withstand the temptation of meth. Send the loved one into rehab.
Let’s do whatever it takes kick meth out the door, out of our homes, our community and our island.