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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Meth: A deadly epidemic

Updated for: Thursday, June 8

The Spokesman-Review's five-day report on methamphetamine, the Inland Northwest's hard drug of choice.

Sunday, June 4, 2000:

Toxic high poisons region
Methamphetamine, cheap to make and easy to buy, destroys the lives of those it touches

Amber struggles to shake drug's hold
For one North Idaho woman, the choice is clear: Lose your children if you keep using meth. Try as she might to quit, the drug still beckons.

History of meth
1919: Methamphetamine, a stimulant, is developed by a pharmacologist in Japan. The drug alleviates fatigue and produces feelings of alertness and well-being.

Monday, June 5, 2000:

A health peril for all of us
Part Two: Meth: A deadly epidemic -- Users of meth face many grave dangers, but the drug can harm anyone in its path

Tuesday, June 6, 2000:

A drug's innocent victims
Part three: Meth -- A deadly epidemic: Meth addicts often expose children to drug's brutal risks

Wednesday, June 7, 2000:

Environmental nightmare
Part Four: Meth -- A deadly epidemic: Toxic pollution lingers long after meth lab is gone

Thursday, June 8, 2000:

Former addict climbs out of the basement of despair
COEUR d'ALENE _ Lisa King hit bottom in a Rathdrum basement two years ago. The water and electricity had been shut off. She had no money, no job, a baby and a raging meth habit.

No easy way to stem meth abuse
Solution to Northwest drug epidemic will take time and more money

Drug defenses are lacking
Demand for treatment rising, but programs are being cut back

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