Methamphetamine Use On The Rise

Ask people who treat drug addicts and they'll tell you that methamphetamine abusers make up their biggest number of new clients. Some experts call it an epidemic effecting the whole county.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department will soon get a quarter million dollars from the federal government to help track down those making and using the drug. That's promising news to Hurly woman who is begging for police and everyday people to pay more attention to the growing problem Meth abuse.

Rachel Agent never thought a drug addiction would come so close to her family. She was shocked to find out a close friend's life is now completely consumed by meth. She says the friend never did a drug before in his life not even simple ones and now he's gotten on this drug and he's hooked.

Rachel's friend's addiction forced her to look around her community. What she saw compelled her to write a letter to WLOX asking for more attention to be put on this drug problem. Rachel now believes the drug is everywhere and doesn't see a slow down in sight.

Drug counselors at the Home of Grace for women say Rachel's view of the meth problem is correct and mirrors the number of people being treated locally. They say at the Home of Grace, they are seeing a tremendous influx of people who are meth users and it is becoming more and more of a dangerous problem.

Drug counselors and Rachel believe the only way the popularity of meth can be stopped is with public awareness and education.

A Jackson County action group is sponsoring a seminar about the dangers and warning signs of methamphetimine next Monday evening. The event is open to the public and will be held at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Ocean Springs. It begins at 6:30 p.m.