This is not good... not good at all... but it could explain why so many right wing red staters are so strung out... is this their kool aid?
[url=http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0507060210jul06,1,6115496.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed&ctrack=1&cset=true]Sheriffs say meth is drug fight No. 1
Published July 6, 2005
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- The crippling reach of methamphetamine abuse has become the nation's leading drug problem affecting local law-enforcement agencies, according to a survey of 500 sheriffs' departments in 45 states.
More than half the sheriffs interviewed for a National Association of Counties survey released Tuesday said they consider meth the worst problem facing their departments.
"We're finding out that this is bigger problem than we thought," said Larry Naake, executive director of the association. "Folks at the state and federal level need to know about this."
About 90 percent of those interviewed reported increases in meth-related arrests in their counties over the past three years, packing jails in the Midwest and elsewhere.
The arrests also have swamped other county-level agencies that assist with caring for children whose parents have become addicted.
The report comes soon after the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy restated its stance that marijuana remains the nation's most substantial drug problem. Federal estimates show there are 15 million marijuana users, compared with the 1 million who might use meth.