Wernowski, Kris 1/1/1997 - 31/12/2018
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1 US IL: Meth Lab Seizures IncreaseMon, 17 Jun 2002
Source:State Journal-Register (IL) Author:Wernowski, Kris Area:Illinois Lines:99 Added:06/19/2002

The ease of producing methamphetamine has helped spread meth through Illinois like a flu virus. One meth cook tells five people how to make it and they each tell five people - and the problem grows. Illinois State Police figures show that meth use continues to expand in Illinois, although the pattern is not consistent statewide. While the number of lab seizures has leveled off in some Illinois counties, the totals are still increasing in others.

In central Illinois, the number of methamphetamine labs seized in Macoupin County jumped from six in 2000 to 19 in 2001. Morgan and Greene counties reported their first cases of seized meth labs in 2001. On the other hand, in Adams County, where meth apparently first entered Illinois, there was a decrease from 31 cases in 2000 to 19 in 2001. Christian County saw a drop from 17 to eight labs. Six labs were seized in Sangamon County in 2000 and five in 2001. Montgomery County broke up 29 labs in 2001, up from five the previous year.

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2 US IL: Road to Recovery Hard For Meth AddictMon, 17 Jun 2002
Source:State Journal-Register (IL) Author:Wernowski, Kris Area:Illinois Lines:67 Added:06/19/2002

Brandee Sanders, who grew up in Pana, describes her childhood as normal - until she was 13.

"Around 13 is when I started getting into drugs - marijuana, smoking it out of a soda pop can."

Sanders is participating in a court-ordered rehabilitation program at the Triangle Center in Springfield.

The 19-year-old gets to see her two children for only a few hours at a time as they are in the custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. At a time when most people her age are enjoying the fruits of youth, Sanders' day consists of meetings, chores and group therapy, all because she became addicted to methamphetamine.

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