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Crazy News Stories of the Week

Author: Justin Mckibben

Crazy News Stories of the Week

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Meth for Ministry

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Walter White of the hit series Breaking Bad was a preacher instead of a teacher? OK, me neither, but this is pretty close anyway. Judith Hemken, 53, and Tiffany Burton, 26, were accused of cooking meth inside a southern Illinois church and arrested near Hillsboro. A member of the Waveland Hillsboro Presbyterian Church apparently ‘noticed activity’ in the building on a Tuesday night when it was supposed to be empty and reported it to the authorities.

According to Montgomery County Undersheriff Rick Robbins the church member reportedly spotted one woman outside the church and another in its basement, with what appeared to be parts of a meth lab. The women fled, but were pulled over by police. After which a clandestine meth lab in the church basement was discovered and officers had to extinguish a small fire that started due to the lithium and moisture from a sink drain.

Neither woman was affiliated with Waveland, Robbins said. Since the alleged lab was inside a church, the women could face enhanced sentences of up to 40 years in prison. May God have mercy on these two, because with this being such a strange case and the criminal activity in question being done on holy ground there is no telling if the judge will.

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Mikey Mouse Ain’t Nothing to Mess with

Now this has yet to be revealed as a hoax, but a recent road rage video clip caught on camera in Russia over the weekend shows a disgruntled motorist stopping a vehicle with which he’s had some kind of problem. The video shows him walk toward the vehicle and be quickly over-run and assaulted, as people dressed as Mickey Mouse, Spongebob Squarepants, Scrat from “Ice Age” and some kind of spotted furry creature jump out and start beating him. Kicking and punching the man.

Some might say that he was being viciously attacked after exhibiting some road rage, others might say he was an adoring fan or cartoons who was greeted by his favorite giant stuffed animals with a fury of ‘fist cuddles’.

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Hallucinated Hostage Situation

In a Florida home of Jackson County there apparently was a hostage situation that turned out to be more- or less- than it appeared. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded last Sunday after several reports came in that there were three people screaming out of a home, claiming to have been taken hostage.

Authorities arrived at the residence and were told that the three supposed victims were 18-year-old Madison Douglas, 21-year-old Damian Hines, and 30-year-old Matthew McDaniel. The officers answering the distress call were informed that the 3 had been taken hostage for several hours. Bullet holes were found in the windows and walls, and the victims completely removed a large rear window from the house on the second floor and threw the bathroom sink at the attackers. Chunks of sheetrock, wood, firearm parts, and anything they could tear out of the residence was thrown outside including the toilet, which was ripped from the floor. In the end the damage done to the home was over $10,000.

Police soon after investigating discovered that the 3 distressed individuals had in fact hallucinated the entire situation while on meth. The young woman Madison Douglas even claimed she had been stabbed by a suspect, but authorities said she had only a light scratch on her abdomen which was, the rest of this ridiculous and disturbing hallucinated hostage situation, self-inflicted.

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Park Ranger Placed on Leave: Drunk on the Job

A California State Parks ranger was allegedly found drunk with an open beer container between his legs and asleep in his patrol car. The officer has apparently been placed on leave and his peace officer status has been revoked pending a full scale investigation as reported by the California Highway Patrol.

A passerby spotted Tyson Young, the Park Ranger in question in Humboldt Redwoods State Park on August 15th and first tried to wake ranger Young. The observer, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Lost Coast Outpost that he shook Young trying to wake him, but to no avail. The anonymous observer then took a photo of the ranger, which California State Parks later confirmed to be officer Young after the Lost Coast Outlet had posted the photo on twitter.

Apparently nobody told this guy it’s tough to preserve wildlife and prevent forest fires while in a black-out. Thankfully he does… oh wait, yes he does carry a firearm on the job.

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Cat-burglar Caught by Adorable Distractions

So if you are going to commit a crime, then get high and run for police, whatever you do DO NOT pet the cats. Cats obviously cannot be trusted! 21-year-old Daniel Pinedo Velapatino had just talked his way into a woman’s home in Boca Raton, Florida after leading police on a chase that had jumped to a start in Delray Beach. He knocked on her door last Tuesday to ask for a drink from the home-owner who assumed he was a landscaper.

Candace Noonan, who lived at the Boca Raton residence, obliged the suspect with a drink of water he requested unaware that Velapatino had allegedly consumed drugs the night before, stole thousands of dollars from a buddy, and then smashed into a bunch of cars as he ran from police. When she returned with the water, Velapatino was lying on her floor, playing with her fuzzy and adorable detectives, the cats.

“It was odd, very odd,” she said. “He was stroking my cat. It almost looked like he either was on drugs or he was mentally handicapped.”

When Noonan’s husband began questioning Velpatino, he fled out the back door. The Noonans led police to him, and he allegedly attempted to jump in a nearby canal but was apprehended by a police boat. I can’t decide whether those cats are just too adorable to ignore even in the midst of a high tensions police chase, or if they are clever and cunning undercover agents of the animal kingdom, coughing up fur balls… of JUSTICE!

Some of these stories seem crazier than usual, but then again to the addict or alcoholic these could seem like a Friday night or resemble stories we have been told about ourselves. Luckily, things do not have to get this bad, and even if they do there is always help out there. If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135

The 5 Most Notorious Drug Urban Legends (That Are Actually Mostly True)

The 5 Most Notorious Drug Urban Legends (That Are Actually Mostly True)

We’ve all heard the crazy drug urban legends and may have even believed some of them. Like, if you’ve taken 7 hits of acid in your lifetime, you are considered to be clinically insane. This one’s false, but, there is some drug-related folklore that’s actually true, or in-part true, despite how outrageous the tale seems. Here are the 5 most notorious drug urban legends (that are actually mostly true).

#1: PCP will turn you into a flesh-eating zombie

Terrifyingly enough, this one is mostly true, in that there have been a couple of cases of people using PCP then eating human flesh. You read that right. You may or may not remember the story of Antron Singleton, aka “Big Lurch” – his rapper name.

In 2002, after a nearly week-long PCP binge, Big Lurch was found walking the streets of Los Angeles in the middle of the night, naked, covered in blood and howling at the moon.  When authorities went to his apartment, they found his roommate dead “with her lungs torn from her torso, and her body and face covered with …bite marks.” Upon examining Antron’s stomach contents, doctors found it to be “full of human flesh.”

In another disturbing PCP-related case, in 2009, a man ate the eyes of his 4 year old son while high.

#2: Molly is pure MDMA

Many people distinguish between Ecstasy (pill form) and Molly (powder/capsule form) saying that Ecstasy is almost always cut with other substances such as amphetamine, meth, and cocaine among others while molly is purely MDMA. The fact of the matter is that, just because you’ve obtained MDMA in powder form and it was sold to you as ‘Molly,’ that doesn’t mean that it’s pure.

The DEA has said that the purity of Molly is almost a myth because it comes in powder form and can easily be mixed with other drugs, which makes it even more dangerous. In fact, cocaine, crack, ecstasy, meth, and even bath salts have all been found to be mixed in with the supposedly ‘pure’ Molly.

#3: Drug dealers are selling colored and flavored crystal meth and calling it “Strawberry Quick (Quik)”

Emails began circulating back in 2007 and have been seen as recently as 2012 urging parents to beware of a new “tactic” by drug dealers who are targeting children by manufacturing a form of meth that is pink in color and smells and tastes like strawberry. The emails instructed parents to worn their children about accepting candy from strangers or even classmates and stated that there had already been cases across the country of this “Strawberry Quick.”

This notorious drug urban legend is a mixture of truth and myth because, while there are instances in which police have seized colored versions of crystal meth that resemble candy, the part about it being manufactured in this way so as to appeal to children is not true.

“We checked with all of our labs, and there’s nothing to it,” U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Michael Sanders said. “It’s not a trend or a real problem; I think that this was maybe someone with good intentions but jumped the gun.”

#4: Eating bagels with poppy seeds can cause a false positive for opiates on drug tests

This notorious drug urban legend was featured on an episode on the hit series Seinfeld, in which the character Elaine had eaten a poppy seeded muffin and then failed a drug test at her place of employment. As with every other episode, hilarity ensued. The thing is, this has actually happened in real life.

There are actual documented cases where people have lost their jobs or been turned down for job positions due to ‘dropping dirty’ for opiates on drug screens. It was determined that in these cases, the person had consumed poppy seeded bagels and other such baked goods causing a false positive for opiates.

This one is also a mixture of truth and myth because the federal guidelines for agencies that drug test have since the cut-off level for a positive, in order to eliminate many of the poppy seed-related false positives that were previously occurring. Therefore, it is no longer really a thing you can claim if you were to come up positive for opiates on a drug test.

#5: PCP is embalming fluid that people dip their cigarettes and joints in to achieve a greater high

This one is confusing because the second part of that statement is true but the first half is not. PCP is an intravenous anesthetic that was developed in the ’50s whereas formaldehyde (embalming fluid) is a completely different – and completely toxic – chemical. What confuses the issue is that, perhaps due to the widely-believed notorious urban legend that PCP and formaldehyde are one-in-the-same and therefore some people often mix the two substances together or, skip the PCP altogether, dipping their ‘smokeables’ in just embalming fluid.

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Meth Rehab in Tennessee

Meth Rehab in Tennessee

Meth and meth houses have recently become a huge epidemic in the state of Tennessee; because of this meth rehab in Tennessee is on the rise and could be the right choice for you. The term meth is short for the word methamphetamine, which is an extremely addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Meth causes chattiness, increased activity, practically no appetite, and a general sense of comfort. There are many different street names for meth such as but not limited to: speed, crank, crystal meth, ice and others.

Meth Rehab in Tennessee: Uses for Methamphetamines

There are of course medical uses for methamphetamines, too. There are a small amount of reasons someone would medically need methamphetamines; it can be prescribed for ADHD and certain cases of overeating and being overweight. Off-label uses contain the treatment of narcolepsy and for cases of treatment-resistant sadness. Meth is widely known for being used recreationally and for the anticipated “high” it creates. Along with a rush, the meth users experience extreme alertness and insomnia. Using of meth can cause a lot of health problems and if you overdose you can have a seizure and if you aren’t treated instantly, it can be fatal.

Meth Rehab in Tennessee: Long-term effects

A good reason to seek Meth Rehab in Tennessee is the long-term effects caused by using meth. One of the most harmful effects of meth use is addiction and that usually requires you seek treatment. Long-term meth users can experience paranoia, psychosis, memory loss, mood disorders, severe dental problems, a decrease in weight and hostile or intense behavior. Over the years, meth addiction has increased drastically. The amount of patients seeking treatment for meth use has also gone up.

Meth Rehab in Tennessee: Going through Withdrawal, Detox

Treatment for meth addiction is critical because the withdrawals can be very uncomfortable and can also lead to a hypothetically deadly situation. Once meth addicts end using, they suffer from exhaustion, depression, enlarged appetite, too much sleeping, anxiety, bad temper, headaches, and even thoughts of suicide. The best option for a meth addict who is trying to recover is to go into a detox center and then seek help from meth rehab in Tennessee. In the detox they will make sure to medically supervise you and make sure you are safe and comfortable.

Meth Rehab in Tennessee: Treatment Options

At this time, the most effective meth rehab in Tennessee is to programs that support 12-step fellowships and focus on therapy, group therapy and teaching life skills. When you go into treatment, you will be assigned a therapist and a treatment plan that is directly goaled towards helping keep you sober. They will teach you life skills and help you get used to living life like a responsible functioning member of society again (or for the first time) and also take you to 12-step meetings. You can make connections with people in the rooms and build a support system within your rehab community. A lot of treatment centers also take you out to different activities during the week and weekends to show you how to have fun in sobriety, too. Once you finish in-patient treatment they offer outpatient treatment and recommend you go to a halfway house and meetings. Going to meth rehab in Tennessee could really help change your life and save it. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction in Tennessee, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.

What Breaking Bad Gets Right (and Wrong) about the Meth Trade

For many people Breaking Bad is the closest glimpse they will get to the meth trade, which is a definite good thing. But how accurate is the depiction of everything “meth” on this critically acclaimed television show? For those who are Breaking Bad “tweekers” you might want to know, is that really what the meth trade is like? Do they really have super high tech labs, and dry cleaning fronts? Well, in some cases Breaking Bad gets it right and in others, not so much.

The Super Lab

One of the biggest and probably most eye popping parts of Breaking Bad is the “super lab”.  The “super lab” is where Jesse and Walt practice their “science” in seasons three and four. The “super lab” is huge and is a chemist’s dream come true. It is filled with new equipment and is super clean. This has made many people tilt their heads and go “that can’t be real life, right?” Wrong.

Experts on the meth market say that super labs actually do exist and are common among manufacturers that are associated with the Mexican cartels. The first super labs were built in Mexico, and the resulting product would then be smuggled into the United States. Obviously crossing the border is risky so the cartels moved their super labs to the United States. This makes the idea of a super lab hidden in a laundry in New Mexico actually feasible.

The Purity of Meth actually matters

Eh, not so much. Meth is almost always diluted or stepped on when it comes to the real meth trade. And there isn’t really a market for pure meth. The reason for this is not because pure meth isn’t better but because of the people who are actually buying meth. People who are buying meth will literally buy whatever is in front of them at that moment. Something that isn’t as pure won’t get them as high which doesn’t mean they stop buying it means they buy more of it. But even based on that logic there may be a reason that the main character of Breaking Bad, Walt, makes his meth as pure as possible. Maybe it’s his personality and love of chemistry? Or maybe it’s because there is a small market for pure meth that we are getting ready to talk about.

The Mexican Market is Violent

The Mexican meth trade probably has some use for pure meth because it is large scale, cash-heavy and very violent. The Mexican meth trade also has turf disputes and disputes over money. The cartel operations in Breaking Bad are fairly accurate. All you have to do is search Mexican drug cartel online to get an idea of the real ruthlessness going on. There have been dumped bodies, beheaded and mangled to the point of being unrecognizable. The part that Breaking Bad may not have gotten was the fact that Jesse or Walt would actually meet a higher up cartel member. Usually, in reality, the cartel is pretty far removed from the distributors and makers of meth in order to protect them self from persecution and identification.

Meth users are always desperate for more meth and mangy looking

One of the things Breaking Bad is way off about is the way that meth users look and act. Breaking Bad continually displays meth users as degenerates who want nothing more than their next fix. This just isn’t true. There are such things as “functional” meth users or at least those who keep their jobs and their good looks and who aren’t banging on the dealers door or trying to rob them. Even some functional meth users will use the drug to get increased energy to go to work.

The show also rarely portrays meth users shooting up, if they do at all. And shooting meth is reality. Many people prefer shooting meth to actually snorting it or taking it orally, especially those users who have been doing the drug for a while. And shooting meth can lead to a whole new slew of issues including the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C.

Laundering Money

Many drug dealers will often buy or run a business to account for all the cash they are making. This is known as laundering. They put drug money into the business and the money that it makes and is put in is no longer dirty and is now “clean”.

The Laundromat, money laundering, front is a real thing. Higher ups in the drug trade will often want to get into a legitimate business, usually one that deals in mainly cash like a restaurant or a bar. Although, many higher ups in the meth trade are moving on from restaurants and bars; and into Western Union, Moneygram, Coinstar and also trade based laundering. So yes, if Walt is making a lot of money, buying the Laundromat was a smart move.

And there you have it. Breaking Bad for the most part is a great show that accurately depicts the meth trade. But really it is just a television show. As we all know many things about the meth trade are left out or not depicted. The point is that it’s a show with great actors and a great script. So for you all Breaking Bad “tweakers” enjoy it while it lasts. And ifyou or your loved one is in need of treatment for meth addiction, please give us a call at 800-951-6135.


Drug Myths Debunked: Methamphetamine

Drug Myths Debunked Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine is one of the most intimidating drugs out there for addicts and non-addicts alike. The photos of meth users are enough to shock anyone even meth users themselves. So what is the truth about this drug that has such a bad reputation? Is it true that the US has a meth epidemic? Do all meth users look like they do in the before and after photos? Is it true that after 5 years of meth use you are probably going to die? Let’s find out in this article of drug myths debunked: meth.

What is meth?

Methamphetamine (also known as meth, ice, clouds, crystal, crystal meth, glass, tik, and Tina) is a central nervous stimulant that produces intense euphoria and can keep the user awake for hours and even days at a time with continued use. Meth can be snorted, smoked, or intravenously injected when dissolved in water.

Myth #1: Meth is an epidemic or widespread

Many media outlets have claimed that methamphetamine is taking the country by storm and is a raging epidemic. The truth is that meth is, yes, a dangerous drug but is among the least commonly used. Rates of methamphetamine use have been stable since 1999. Not only that, but meth use among teens has actually dropped not risen. The amount of people using cocaine and marijuana is much higher than it is with meth. This myth is false.

Myth #2: The average length of time from first use of meth to death is five years

It is unknown where this myth came from but the only consistent information is that most meth users don’t even show up in the criminal justice system until year seven which puts this myth to rest.

Myth #3: Using meth once results in addiction.

This myth is said about many drugs not just myth but it is just that; a myth. Meth is a super powerful drug and the first use can cause a powerful euphoric rush that could make its users want to use it again but as with all substance an addiction happens with repeated use not just in one sitting.

Myth #4: Meth is used primarily by white male bikers and truck drivers.

This of course is a stereotype. And stereotypes are merely stereotypes and are not necessarily fact. This myth is probably based on the idea that it was used to reduce fatigue in truck drivers and was dealt by biker gangs. The truth is meth is used by a wide variety of people and has no stereotypical user.

Myth #5: Lung damage from recrystallization

Perhaps the best-known of the meth legends refers to the method of administration in which the user will heat/melt crystal methamphetamine and inhale the resulting methamphetamine vapor. The legend states that the drug, once inhaled, will re-crystallize in large amounts inside the lungs, damaging them in the process. This is a false claim as crystallized methamphetamine is always in the form of a salt (usually methamphetamine hydrochloride), which is highly soluble in water, as well as hydrophilic, and is instantly absorbed into the user’s blood stream.

However, intravenous methylphenidate (Ritalin) use results in a type of lung damage commonly known as “Ritalin Lung”. Methylphenidate (Ritalin or Concerta) tablets are crushed and dissolved into solution for IV injection. The tablets contain talc and other particulates which can deposit in the lung and result in severe emphysema affecting all the lobes of the lung. The “Ritalin Lung” effect could be a possible source of how rumors about methamphetamine damaging the lungs could have surfaced.

Myth #6: Strawberry Quick

Strawberry Quick meth was a drug scare from 2007. Drug dealers were allegedly using coloring and flavoring to disguise methamphetamine as Strawberry Quick, thus making them more appealing to children. The story was widely reported in the media, but no cases of children using flavored meth have been verified. Sometimes meth labs will try to brand their crystal meth product by coloring it in order to make it seem unique and to give it more market appeal. Police and drug enforcement officials have conjectured that the idea for “strawberry meth” may have come from such a process.

Myth #7: Every meth user looks like they do in the meth project photos

This is not true. I have met plenty of heavy meth users that look nothing like those before and after meth photos. Of course it is better to err on the side of caution and say it is likely that anyone who uses meth will end up looking much worse than they started out but not all heavy long term users have their teeth rot out (meth mouth) nor do they have scabs all over their face. Meth can, however, cause brain damage, which is even scarier.

If your loved one is in need of Meth addiction treatment, please give us a call at 800-951-6135.



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