While at a police briefing in Sioux Falls, police information officer Sam Clemens talked about the arrests of local residents for manufacturing meth in their home.  The very next day, I met with Darcy Jensen of Prairie View Prevention Services about the highly addictive stimulant that a person can smoke, snort, inject orally or inhale.

No doubt about it!  Darcy said meth is the hot drug in our community!  "We have definitely seen an upsurge in meth use right now.  We had seen it in 2006 and 2007.  With all the changes in law several years ago, we say meth drop.  Unfortunately, there is now an uptick in the use and manufacturing of the drug.  Meth is still in the Sioux Falls area.  In fact, we had the most meth busts of any other county in the state."

So, why is meth so attractive to young people and adults?  "I've heard from many meth users that once they use the drug, there is such an intense high in the beginning.  Unfortunately, many of the users don't know the drug begins to harm their brains.  Meth changes brain chemistry.  They're chasing a high they will never experience again."

The good news is this: there are many resources in Sioux Falls for people addicted to meth.  "Prairie View Prevention Services is more than willing to talk to parents and their kids.  Give us a call at 605 331-5724.  If you're in one of our local schools, you can certainly talk to one of our counselors."