ELKO — Darla Lozano avoids using the word “hate,” but when it comes to methamphetamine, that’s the only word that describes how she feels.
THE HIGH DESERT: WHO'S WINNING ELKO'S WAR ON METH?
A rise in crime — property, personal, violent, domestic — is driven by meth abuse, according to law enforcement. At the same time, our anti-drug task force has lost many of its funding sources and is working with skeleton staff. While low-level users are frequently arrested, the community doesn't seem to be getting the upper hand on the problem.
Who is winning the war on meth?
This series will look at how meth enters the community, what tools law enforcement are using to stop the flow, what impact meth abuse is having on families and businesses, what is being done to educate children about the dangers, what meth treatment options are available, and what the public can do to help reduce the number of crimes spawned by meth users.
"It is a major issue in our community," said a detective. "It's a crime issue, a quality of life issue, a medical issue and a jail issue.
"We have to fight it."
Part Five of a six-part series
ELKO — The balloons Jennifer Chaplin blew up Thursday night kept her children bobbling them in the air long enough for her to finish the laundry.
Part Three of a six-part series
ELKO — You’re getting high on methamphetamine.
Part One of a six-part series