Fight Against Methamphetamine

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Local law enforcement officials are hoping to get help from area residents to fight against the use of methamphetamine.

Assistant Ashford Police Chief Eddie Ingram has held seminars to educate the public about a drug considered by many to be the most addictive.

"People stick their head in the sand if they want to, but this is not going to go away and it's going to be something that we're going to have to deal with," said Ingram.

From Georgia to Florida, and now in Alabama, Ingram has shared his experiences battling what he calls an epidemic of biblical proportions. "This drug will kill you. And it affects everybody watching at home; everybody in the community is affected by this drug in one way or another."

One of the things that authorities say is most troubling about Meth is how easy it is to produce. All it takes is a mixture of several household products like Drano, WD40, and pseudoephedrine that can be extracted from cough medicine.

Former Meth user Davey Dupree said the feeling they get under the influence is not pleasing at all.

According to law enforcement officials, one in every seven high school students tries Meth. Ninety-nine percent of first-time users get hooked on the drug. Only five percent of Meth addicts are able to kick the habit, and the life expectancy of a Meth user is five years.

However, there is help at rehabilitation centers like the Cross Roads Ranch in Florida, a faith-based ministry that helps drug addicts kick their habit and get their lives back on track.

Michael Hamm said, "What we have is a one year program. We teach them life skills that can be set on a solid foundation. You know, the word of God. And we teach them how to be good fathers, good husbands, and good sons."

Assistant Chief Ingram has made it his personal mission to battle this drug problem, and his only hope is that the information he provides, will inspire the public to help law enforcement keep Meth off the streets.

Ingram and other law enforcement officials hope that seminars will make people more aware of this growing problem.

Ingram will be holding another Meth awareness seminar on April 24 at Troy University.