Friday, April 07, 2006

Meth is Worse for Families

Today family therapist Kathy Miles talked to my family class about recent social problems that affect families. I knew that Kentucky, and other rural states, had a significant problem with methamphetamines. Every week has stories of a meth lab being busted in the small towns around here.

Miles told us that meth is worse than other drugs for families because the binges last longer – days instead of hours. When police raid a meth lab, they take a social worker with them, because they are likely to find kids who have been completely neglected for days. A common horrifying detail of these arrests are of the five year old who has been trying to take care of herself – and feed and change a baby. Miles said that all foster placements in eastern Kentucky are full, in part because the meth lab kids urgently need to be removed from their homes.

Every drug takes a toll on families, but this one seems particularly painful. It will be better for us all when this particular fad is over.

1 comment:

Matt Osborne said...

I believe it is equally important to mention the effect on parents of meth users as it is on the children of users when discussing the problems that meth introduces into families.
Meth is one of the more lethal drugs, both in use and in production. Most drug related deaths of young people in rural states are tied to meth, which may leave parents childless, in debt and full of grief. Two weeks ago, the Advocate Messenger in Danville ran an article about six people in nearby Liberty who died of a bad batch of meth. All of these people were between the ages of 17 and 29. Their families suffered emotionally, physically and financially.
Meth is bad news that only leads to heartbreak for all involved.