Drugs traumatize children. The drug known as, Crank or meth has become an epidemic in the Western United States. Drugs are not victimless crimes. Drugs affect the addicts’ grandparents, parents, children, siblings, law enforcement officers, court workers, and average citizens like you and me.
Many experts describe meth addicts as aggressive, belligerent, mean, anxious, fearful and paranoid. These extreme feelings persist for weeks, exacerbated by fatigue. Because of the effects of meth many users do not eat or sleep for weeks. These are troubled people, not caring for themselves or those around them.
Most of the women have been sexually molested and are “shattered at a level we know very little about,” says Lindy Haunschild, coordinator of the Parent-Child Assistance Program in Spokane. She goes on to say “Children born to these mothers also are likely to be sexually abused. They don’t have stable, loving, nurturing parents to keep them safe?” The children are often removed by the state and placed in foster care because of their living conditions.
Drug lab decontamination supervisor Bob Webb of MGEC Environmental Solutions has called meth an “Environmental Nightmare.” The process used to make the drug is dangerous, toxic and leaves residue that must be removed by a Hazardous Materials Team. The toxic fumes permeate the carpet, drapes, furniture, ceiling, cabinets, flooring and drywall. The chemicals used to make meth include drain cleaner, gasoline, liquid
Ammonia fertilizer, Red Devil lye, red phosphorous, toluene, sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid and xylene to extract meth from diet tablets and over-the-counter cold remedies. The long-term health effects to those exposed peripherally are still unknown.