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Thursday, Jul 25 2013 10:02 AM

'First Look': 1st district supervisor Gleason talks about the perils of meth

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    Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason talks about the Kern Stop Meth Now task force on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The dangers of methamphetamine have taken a strong hold in Kern County, and the Kern Stop Meth Now task force is trying to fight against it.

"It is one of the worst plagues to possibly hit us and it's hit us," county 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason said Thursday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

Simulcast host Scott Cox agreed: "This is destroying people and families at a pretty rapid clip."

Gleason said outreach is under way to work on the problem, especially in areas such as the Kern River Valley, Tehachapi and eastern Kern where the drug's use is prevalent. The county supervisor said highways 58 and 178 are used to move methamphetamine to other areas of the country.

"The product comes here, lands here for a stop," Gleason said the DEA has told him.

Gleason explained that people snort it, shoot it, eat it or even put it in orifices of their bodies. Yet it is filed with everything from battery acid to nail polish remover.

To help combat it, he said, the best action is to "get smart on methamphetamine."

The committee is going to communities, businesses, churches, schools and parents to tell them the facts about the dangers of meth.

"We have to let communities take ownership of the problem," Gleason said.

Learn more and find resources to get help at kernstopmethnow.com.

 

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