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North Coast Meth Crisis

This afternoon KMUD aired both parts of KHUM’s excellent documentary Picking Up: Meth on the North Coast. The first part features interviews with users, recovering addicts and healthcare professionals. The interviews with people whose lives have been destroyed by meth, and the damage done to innocent others like children was painful to listen to.

One man told of getting so low that no one trusted him, not even his dealer, because his addiction caused him to lie and steal because nothing else mattered. His dealer would sell him chunks of drywall and tell him it was meth. The man said that even though he knew that it was not meth, if it dissolved in water he could not stop himself from shooting it into his veins.

The program did a great job of exploring the environmental damage that comes with meth production and the dumping of toxic chemicals into the soil and streams. A lot of meth is produced here in Humboldt, where countless drums full of toxics are dumped causing health affects not just on the users but everyone else, not to mention fish and other species.

Everyone should hear this program, which is available for download at the KHUM website.

Keet has also produced a documentary called LIFE AFTER METH: Facing the Northcoast Methamphetamine Crisis. I haven’t seen it but it’s available on DVD here.

  1. Anonymous
    August 7, 2006 at 9:28 am

    Actually not that much meth is made in Humboldt County. Most (95%) of meth production and distribution is controlled by Mexican DTO’s (Drug Trafficking Organizations). Until the past 2 or 3 years most meth manufacture was done by Mexican DTO’s in the Central Valley of California and in Mexico. In the past two years lab seizures are significantly down in California. Meth use is still out of control (in Humboldt and elswhere) and the Mexican DTO’s still control it but the majority of the actual manufacture of meth is done in Mexico. (check the DEA Website and associated links).

    Not to say that there isn’t “lots” of meth use in Humboldt County. There is plenty of evidence of that everywhere from Hoopa to Whitethorn.

  2. Heraldo
    August 7, 2006 at 9:51 am

    Interesting. I was going by the interviews with people who talked about dumping multiple barrels of a long list of toxics into creeks or other areas in Humboldt.

  3. Eric V. Kirk
    August 7, 2006 at 11:14 am

    Yeah, there’ve certainly been a large number of busts. If those busts represent only 5 percent of the stuff out there, God help us!

  4. Anonymous
    August 7, 2006 at 11:40 am

    No Eric there has not been a large number of busts (for labs). I can recall only one locally in the past year. You could check with the local authorities, but I’m right. There have been alot of meth busts, but not meth labs.

    And Heraldo as far as the interviews with the guy who said he dumped “barrels” of toxic waste ? Well maybe in the past 15 -20 years, but not in the past ten or so. If you do just a small bit of research you will learn that Mexican DTO’s control the meth in Humboldt, in Louisiana, in Kansas, in Atlanta, and so on. I listened to the KHUM meth special and I watched the Keet meth special. Unlike the recent A&E special on meth the HC documentaries did not include input from cops.

    Meth freaks, geeters, and tweekers are probably not the most reliable persons.

    The Sacramento Bee and the Fresno Bee have done some very good documentaries in the past few years on meth and meth in California.

  5. Heraldo
    August 7, 2006 at 12:00 pm

    Didn’t they interview Susie Owsley from the EPD? She counts as a cop. She talked about why meth users get the attention of law enforcement – because they draw attention to themselves and because of the level of violence associated with meth.

  6. Nick Bravo
    August 7, 2006 at 2:37 pm

    Yet another reason to legalize marijuana.

  7. Anonymous
    August 7, 2006 at 2:51 pm

    Nick Bravo knows all about meth.

  8. Anonymous
    August 7, 2006 at 4:08 pm

    Yes it does seem like Nick Bravo knows his way around meth!

    And NICK haven’t you noticed … Marijuana IS legal Humboldt County.

    And Heraldo I don’t think Suzie is considered a cop, she’s a civilian police employee. Cops carry guns, arrest people, and are hated by Nick Bravo & RS.

  9. Eric V. Kirk
    August 7, 2006 at 5:30 pm

    I would imagine that she does carry a gun and is empowered to arrest people.

  10. Anonymous
    August 7, 2006 at 5:51 pm

    Hey, if people wanna kill themselves with meth then why is it my problem?

  11. Anonymous
    August 7, 2006 at 7:07 pm

    And why would you imagine that Eric ? Aren’t you a lawyer ? Are you retarded or what ?

    Are you trying to be cute or are you really that stupid?

  12. Eric V. Kirk
    August 7, 2006 at 11:02 pm

    If she’s an officer – it’s what they do. Even if they have a desk job.

  13. Anonymous
    August 8, 2006 at 1:08 am

    I guess you really are that stupid!

    You must have received your law degree on line with Ed.

  14. Fred
    August 8, 2006 at 6:23 am

    I believe Suzie Owsley is what is known as a Public Safety (or is it Service?) Officer. That’s why she wears a light blue shirt instead of the dark blue one regular cops wear.

    PSOs don’t carry firearms but do carry pepper spray (I think). Their job is mostly filling out crime reports and such. They’re considering having them take the place of the private security patrols in Old Town, which I don’t know is such a good idea.

  15. Eric V. Kirk
    August 8, 2006 at 9:47 am

    anon 1:08 – So nice to be greeted with your cheer this morning. And a good day to you too.

    Fred – Certainly not if they’re not armed.

  16. Fred
    August 8, 2006 at 10:29 am

    I just think we’d get the same job done a lot cheaper if they used private security.

  17. Anonymous
    August 8, 2006 at 5:11 pm

    You just don’t get it Eric.

    I apologize, it’s not your fault. You may have a learning disorder.

  18. Eric V. Kirk
    August 8, 2006 at 6:13 pm

    Hey, now that’s witty. Kind of.

  19. Anonymous
    August 8, 2006 at 11:46 pm

    Maybe it wasn’t meant to be witty ?

  20. FaulknA
    August 9, 2006 at 2:02 pm

    Anon 1:08: You do a good job describing who’s selling the stuff in Northern California. In a former life I was involved with some pretty high level dealers and they were all Mexicans. Never sold it myself, only used it (no needles here) and it helped destroy my already poor teeth. It’s been years since I touched the stuff though but I don’t imagine things have changed that much. Very, very bad for you for sure. I’m lucky that the only thing it damaged was my teeth.

  21. Anonymous
    August 9, 2006 at 2:18 pm

    Pretty, witty and gay.

  22. Derchoadus
    August 9, 2006 at 3:33 pm

    You might want to check out the Frontline episode on Meth. They do a real good job telling you who makes it, and the role Big Pharma plays. They also track the various ‘Epidemics’ of Meth. Very interesting.


    You can even watch it online!

  23. Heraldo
    August 9, 2006 at 5:15 pm

    Way to pull through, Faulkna.

  24. Anonymous
    August 9, 2006 at 5:47 pm

    The Frontline documentary was/is very good . Informative, unlike Eric.

  25. Eric V. Kirk
    August 9, 2006 at 10:51 pm

    Good one anon 5:47!

  26. Anonymous
    August 9, 2006 at 11:01 pm

    I try Eric.

  27. Anonymous
    January 27, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    “His dealer would sell him chunks of drywall and tell him it was meth. The man said that even though he knew that it was not meth, if it dissolved in water he could not stop himself from shooting it into his veins.”

    If anyone here is stupid enough to actually believe this, you deserve a few ounces of drywall stuffed up your noses.

  28. Anonymous
    January 27, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    Oh, and that Bovett character is probably paid off by the Mexican gangs to keep down local competition.

    It sure is impressive to see stupid potheads moaning for their rights and then turning right around and denying the rights of others.

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