Meth awareness

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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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