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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Ind. Law - "The power of a drug containing noxious ingredients"

Methamphetamine is the subject of this editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette that includes these quotes:

If anyone questions how pervasive the problem with methamphetamine is in northeast Indiana or the drug’s potency to lure people into abuse, an arrest this week should shatter any remaining doubts:

The deputy town marshal of Topeka, 28-year-old Zachary Miller, was charged with conspiracy to deal methamphetamine and official misconduct.

Certainly, if the accusations are true, the officer’s actions are indefensible. Police must be trusted to uphold the law, and helping distribute such an addictive, dangerous substance is unconscionable.

But the arrest does reflect the power of a drug containing noxious ingredients. Many people are aware that the active ingredient is the decongestant ephedrine. But meth also includes a host of other substances that can include ammonia; sodium hydroxide, found in drain cleaner; phosphorus; butane; battery acid; ether, found in starting fluid; and paint thinner. * * *

The stereotypical meth user is from a poorer, rural area.

But the arrest of Miller – as well as other people from all walks of life and from cities as well as suburbs – should serve as a stark reminder that meth can affect anyone who tries it.

Hoosiers should encourage and participate in efforts to educate people about the destructive drug.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 21, 2009 08:35 AM
Posted to Indiana Law