Meth awareness

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- Grayson County authorities are using multimedia to prevent drug abuse. Sheriff's officials are using a new tool to educate on the dangers of meth.

when you enter the Grayson County Justice Center, it's hard to miss the meth public service announcements. For recovering addicts, and law enforcement, they say it's an effective way to inform about this drug.

It’s just one more reminder on the dangers of methamphetamines, dangers Lisia Spencer says she didn't know when she started using four years ago.

"Well, it's going to be fun, you can stay up for days and just party, but nobody told me, in a couple of days you're going to feel really bad from not eating because you don't eat for days and you get really dehydrated add you get really sick. Nobody tells me that part, you know," she said.

The sheriff's office hopes this display will let more people know the drugs effects. The presentation plays public service announcements the sheriff's office received from the Montana Meth Project, an anti-drug campaign.

The spots depict meth usage in each stage, from trying for the first time, to its continued effect on the body. One spot depicts a young woman taking a shower, then screams when she sees herself, as a meth addict, urging her not to use drugs.

"Some of the people can't watch it because it is graphic, but that's life,” said Lt. Jay Whitney, in the investigative division of the sheriff’s office. “Life is graphic."

Recovering addicts like “Lisa,” who didn't want to reveal her identity, says she's glad the public can see how this drug affects your mind and body.

"When you look outside you don't see what everyone else sees, what's normal. You see crazy things," she said.

Spencer is now in the sheriff's office drug court program, hoping to turn her life around. She was clean for nine months, before relasping, but has been sober since Februay.

"If I see pictures of myself when I was using it, the weight loss, and the not sleeping and you get out of touch with everyone."

The sheriff’s office received the PSAs for free, and use existing equipment. They hope to add more to the presentation, including education about other drugs, as well as crimes like identity theft.

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 1, 2007 at 04:39 PM
    Maybe some of the former meth addicts could get together and form a group that goes around to high schools and speak, these young adults need to know the real deal, real stories of former addicts. They need the really graphic meth stories on commercials like MTV, etc. anywhere young people are apt to see or hear. (I know it's not just young people doing this drug but sometimes it starts in the younger years)
  • by angela Location: bonham on Aug 1, 2007 at 12:09 PM
    I myself am also a recovering meth addict and i agree when you're out there in the mist of useing this very damamgeing drug no one warns you of the after affects. I would love to tell my story of what it has done to me and where i am today. I hate what it is doing to our kids these days and i have a 5 yr old myself and it scares me to think he could use it too. This stuff WILL kill you and if it doesnt then you will have many other problems to deal with as far as mentally and emotionally.I was just diagnosed as manic depressive due to my meth addiction. I hope any and all projects will reach our younger generations.
  • by Pattie Location: Denison on Aug 1, 2007 at 06:49 AM
    Although I have not seen these PSA's I feel that if it can get one person off drugs then it is well worth it. I used to be a meth addict and a pot addict I have been clean and sober for 6 and 1/2 years now, and I haven't felt better in all my life. I am not saying it has been a bed of roses because it hasn't it has been a strugle. I am proud to say it is easer for me to stay sober today. Thanks to my God , who is my higher power. thank you for taking the time to read this.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lake Texoma on Aug 1, 2007 at 12:56 AM
    This Montana Meth Project is a really great method of public awareness and is indeed very graphic. I saw it mentioned in a newspaper article once and looked at their website and thought this is the real deal. I am not a former addict but have a close friend that got mixed up in the meth crowd. She has been sober for over 2 years and counting and now the real person is back. Those horrible people that loved ones become aren't the real person you used to know. From what I read and observe meth really has a high relaspe rate and it is very common in Professional working women that have big money jobs. (in my opinion alot of people stereotype meth users as the lower class crowd) Good luck to anyone that has it in their lives and think of how you were before the drug took over your life.
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