Why Won't Meth Go Away? What is Being Done To Tackle It

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 8/30/2013 6:36 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN, (WDEF)-"This case was about meth that's what this case was about, start to finish, you take meth out of the equation, I think those two boys would still be alive"

For Bradley County's Assistant DA Steven Hatchett the Natasha Bates Trial proved not only to a jury but to East Tennesseeans we have a serious meth problem right on our doorstep.

"we've got small towns that are passing ordinances to deal with psuedoephrine, to deal with the meth problem, it's time the general assembly made it prescription only"

Dennis Young Chief of Police in Winchester Tennessee has spend years demanding that the powers that be in Nashville  help their community.

"How many more children have to die before someone stands up, i'm tired of seeing the children of our community and the children of our state suffer because of one simple legislation that needs to be passed"

He says 11 cities in the Volunteer State have had enough and are following  sudafed controls in Missouri.

"A Pattern that was started in the state of Missouri  where a guy named Jason Grellner went from town to town passing city ordinances in the whole south east Blue Ridge region of Missouri"

The TBI say they have worked tirelessly to bring this growing issue to the forefront of people's minds.

Tommy Farmer of TBI Meth Task Force,"labs have increased, sales have increased, a cottage industry of crime has sprung up across our country, here we are 12 years into the battle and we are still losing children, this trial is a prime example of that"

Farmer added that millions are being thrown at combating meth when a prescription could go so much further.

Those in law enforcement told us that their resources are already pushed to the limits and Meth explosions, injuries, deaths and arrests need to be reduced.

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BeKind2All - 9/1/2013 12:03 PM
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Meth "won't go away" because it was never taken seriously as the dangerous drug that affects all aspects of life and the community it is. The system wasted so much time and energy to make a case of inner-city crack users, because it was easier and much cheaper to arrest and go after crack users than to go after meth users. Which is much more costly. Meth destroys everything it touches. It contaminates everything from the homes it's cooked in to the children living inside the homes. I once read that lawyers assigned to represent chronic meth users sometimes became sicken from just having to sit in the same room with a potential client. As the boy sweats out the meth fumes through pores. The system never got serious about the meth problem, because it would have been too expensive and they didn't want to use up all those federal dollars sent down to fight meth.
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