US FL: OPED: Methamphetamine Abuse Affects Us All (Letters)
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1 US FL: OPED: Methamphetamine Abuse Affects Us AllThu, 30 Nov 2006
Source:Orlando Sentinel (FL) Author:Gonzales, Alberto R. Area:Florida Lines:114 Added:12/02/2006

It has become a familiar scene on the evening news across the country:Neighbors watch in stunned silence as police raid the house next door and the nice couple, who for the most part kept to themselves, is hauled away for running a methamphetamine lab in their basement. How could this happen, the neighbors ask, in our neighborhood? Compared to marijuana, heroin or cocaine, methamphetamine, or "meth" as it is commonly known, is relatively new in the headlines. But this drug has had a tremendous and terrible impact in a short time. Once thought to be a problem affecting primarily America's rural communities, we now know that no community, no matter how large or how small, is safe from the allure and the destruction caused by methamphetamine.

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2 US FL: PUB LTE: Control Through HypeMon, 04 Dec 2006
Source:Orlando Sentinel (FL) Author:Papa, Anthony Area:Florida Lines:52 Added:12/06/2006

In response to "Methamphetamine abuse affects us all" by Alberto R. Gonzales: President Bush declared Nov. 30 National Methamphetamine Awareness Day. It is a day in which the government establishes the concrete ability to control your life through the hype of a drug epidemic.

The war on drugs has created convenient vehicles of looking tough on crime while hiding behind the shield of public safety. But that shield gets worn down when our basic rights are curtailed through its use. On Sept. 30, a new federal law went into effect that forces cold sufferers to jump through ridiculous hoops to purchase what were originally over-the-counter medications.

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