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.
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.