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.
Facing criminal charges for possession of meth can be the first step in recovering from addiction if a person wants to kick the habit. If you are facing drug charges, this may be your chance to get clean.
A harsh wake up call, an arrest can also be a saving grace for many within the throws of meth addiction. The state or Oregon has programs for people struggling with addiction and facing criminal charges. Having an experienced attorney on your side helps you to find these resources.
If you are looking at spending time in jail or prison because of what meth has done to your life, you need the help of a local attorney. Call us today to discuss your case.