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Something’s rotten in Harrison County

Methamphetamine is a new drug that’s sweeping the country, only it’s not a headache remedy or a cure for cancer. It’s a really bad drug, often made at home or in a garage with a few simple ingredients. It’s killing a lot of people and turning others into zombies.
Methamphetamine use and “meth labs” have suddenly become a real problem in Harrison and Crawford counties, not to mention the rest of the country. Police have been very busy of late, making numerous arrests and breaking up trashy “labs” where the stuff is made.
Capt. Lee Hancock of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. said meth is a cheap, highly addictive drug that’s very toxic and hard to stop using. In a relatively short period of time, it makes users listless and dull. Meth addicts lose interest in normal things and begin to waste away physically. Typically, the meth addict doesn’t care about his or her living environment; they get really sloppy and start throwing junk around. That’s one way they’re spotted.
Another way to spot meth users is their buying habits. They show up at Wal-Mart and hardware stores to buy the ingredients to produce meth. An Indiana State Police officer said meth is easy to make. “If you can bake a cake, you can make meth,” he said last week. Meth manufacturers can make quick money by selling meth, which is usually heated up in tiny quantities in a spoon or tinfoil and the vapors inhaled.
When customers start showing up in the check-out lane with huge quantities of things like lye, rock salt and coffee filters in their shopping carts, clerks get suspicious. Once “labs” are set up, usually in garages or in the woods, all hell can break lose. Meth labs require heating and distilling. It’s not uncommon for the meth labs to catch fire or blow up. “These people aren’t chemists, and they make mistakes,” Hancock said.
There are other things to watch for in our communities. When people, especially young people, lose their initiative, change their interest in things like sports, grades and their regular friends, and start running around with another group of strange people, or their health changes for the worse, and they even smell bad, watch out.
If your neighbors start acting strangely — entertaining suspicious-looking characters late at night or early in the morning for very short visits, or they start producing uncommon amounts of trash that just lay around, and there is a foul sulfur odor in the air — you might consider calling the police.
But the real question is, what is it about these people’s lives that is so bad — or they think is so bad — that they willingly destroy their minds by inhaling a cheap drug? What can be done to prevent a person from acquiring an interest in drug use in the first place, despite all the warnings. After someone has become a meth addict, his or her future is very bleak.