Methamphetamine continues to be a major problem in Oregon. This highly addictive drug affects not only the addicts, but their families and even our communities. This story from CNN’s Anderson Cooper demonstrates just how heartbreaking this drug can be to the people in our neighborhoods.
Last month William and Tracy Morgan were pulled over when a police officer noticed their children, in the back seat, were not buckled in. What he found was that mother and father were under the influence of meth and had the drugs in the car as well as at the hotel they were staying in with their 5 children.
All 5 children, ages 5 to 10, are now wards of the state while their parents face charges of possession of methamphetamines and multiple charges of endangering the welfare of a minor. What will happen to this particular family is unclear. However, Mr. and Mrs. Morgan will both likely serve some time in jail for their offenses.
This is a single case that represents many across our state. Meth continues to be a problem despite tough criminal penalties. The reason for this is because of its extremely addictive nature. Simply throwing someone in jail will not help them get better. [Read more…]