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.