June 28, 2011: Our readers write

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Meth puts Hardin County’s residents at risk
Methamphetamine is an extremely dangerous drug, yet there are some people in Hardin County who choose to forego the associated risks in order to not only utilize, but manufacture it as well.  Because of meth’s highly addictive nature, a single use can lead to dependence, as well as a blighted future attempting to obtain and manufacture enough to sustain the insatiable desire for the original euphoric sensation.
Sadly, meth impacts more than just the individual user or manufacturer; rather, it impacts the families, friends, neighbors, co-workers and even the public at-large who may encounter them in any given day.  Users of methamphetamine become very self-centered in their pursuit of the drug, and often will neglect not only themselves, but also those close to them.  Furthermore, they become a danger to themselves and others if they operate a motor vehicle or conduct similar activities while under the influence of meth.  Similarly, those engaged in the manufacture of methamphetamine endanger their spouses, children and neighbors, because of the volatility of the ingredients and cooking process.
Law enforcement in Hardin County is working diligently to remove meth from our cities, towns, neighborhoods and rural areas; however, the public plays an integral role in this process as well.  If you believe that there is a meth lab in your neighborhood, encounter an expended lab at a dumping site along the road, or feel that a friend, colleague or student may either be living in a residence where meth is being manufactured or is a user themselves, notify local law enforcement so they can investigate the report.
Meth is an increasing problem in this area, but with the combined effort of concerned citizens and law enforcement, meth can be pushed out of Hardin County, making it a safer place to live, work and play.
Erin D. Rickett