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Educate yourself about meth

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No one is immune. From the auto mechanic who found one in the trunk of a car to the maid who unwittingly cleaned one up, methamphetamine labs, and the toxic chemicals they’re made up of, can affect almost anyone, whether or not you’re a user.Awareness, the hazards and recognition of meth ingredients are the topics of four special workshops this week. The final two are scheduled for today, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Aspen Glen Club in Carbondale and from 5-9 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.Meth use is growing in Garfield County. Cases the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team handled rose from five in 2001 to 51 in 2003.Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of meth crime is the innocent victims involved. Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario recently said he’d heard of a child who mistook a container of Coleman fuel, an ingredient of meth, for Gatorade. The child drank the fuel and died three days later.The seminars will focus on teaching citizens what methamphetamine is, the effect it has on communities, and what to do if you find it.We all need to learn about meth and how to protect ourselves and our children.


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