Impact of Meth Series

Impact of Meth Series
12:00 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

The Impact of Meth on Our Region

This entry in the Series category for the 2013 PRNDI awards contains three stories that aired during 2012 that detail the toll meth is having on our region in general, and the Glasgow-Barren County area in particular.

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Impact of Meth Series
9:40 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Injuries from Meth Lab Fires in Region Causing Explosive Emergency Room Costs

The inside of a meth lab discovered by police in Barren County, Kentucky.
Barren County Drug Task Force

One-hundred-thirty thousand dollars. That’s the average hospital cost of treating someone who has suffered burns in a meth lab fire—60% more than other burn patients. On top of that, most meth patients are uninsured.

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Series on Meth in Kentucky
3:34 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Barren County Man Reveals Realities of Meth Addiction and Recovery

Chris Thomason, former meth addict and Barren County Drug Court graduate

Forty-two year old Chris Thomason of Glasgow was once what he calls “a model citizen” who coached Little League, held a management level position at a local factory, and earned a decent living. Then he started smoking meth, and he lost everything.

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Fighting Meth in Kentucky
1:00 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Meth's Damage to Mind and Body Unlike Any Other Drug

Meth can be smoked, swallowed, snorted, and injected.

One reason methamphetamine is wreaking havoc on our region is the highly addictive nature of the drug. Meth impacts the brain in ways other drugs don’t, making it much easier for users to become addicts, and much harder for addicts to give up the habit.

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Impact of Meth Series
3:57 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

In South-Central Kentucky, Meth Addicts Have Become Biggest Challenge to Law Enforcement

Meth lab bust in Barren County, Ky
Barren-Edmonston Drug Task Force

For Dean Crumbaugh, an incident that took place in January serves as the perfect example of how meth is making the job of law enforcement even more dangerous than it already was. Crumbaugh—a sergeant with the Glasgow Police Department—was assisting two fellow officers who had an altercation with a suspicious acting person at a gas station parking lot.

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