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April 1, 2012

Meth labs swamp city

Officials: Muskogee’s meth problem worst in state

(Continued)

Change culture,

not laws

Muskogee Community Anti-Drug Network Chairman Oscar Ray isn’t sure the new bill will have any impact on Muskogee’s meth problem.

“At this juncture everybody’s in a panic mode in a way to come up with something that will slow the tide,” Ray said. “But I doubt this bill will have much impact. Criminals figure out a way to get around any law they put on the books.”

Ray said a public media blitz is the way to go — though it may take years to see results, it’s time to change the perception of meth use beginning with children.

“No matter what the parents are doing at home, how do we get children and youth to see meth for what it is? How do we get them to never try it?” he said. “Why are people even tempted to try it?” Ray said. “That’s the big question right now. And it’s so powerful, one try and you are hooked. Where did we get this perception that you have to get high to have fun?”

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.

Reach Wendy Burton at (918) 684-2926 or wburton@muskogeephoenix.com.

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