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Meth message was delivered to an empty auditorium

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Monday, April 30, 2012

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Here are a handful of  ingredients that were displayed at the Riverside High School auditorium during a methamphetamine presentation by Greer and Greenville County law enforcement officers.

Here are a handful of  ingredients that were displayed at the Riverside High School auditorium during a methamphetamine presentation by Greer and Greenville County law enforcement officers.



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The message on the dangers and warning signs of meth users and producers was delivered to a vacant auditorium at Riverside High School. All of Greer was invited.

The message on the dangers and warning signs of meth users and producers was delivered to a vacant auditorium at Riverside High School. All of Greer was invited.

UPDATE: Meth presentation video now available online. Click here to view >>

There on the stage at Riverside High School’s auditorium last Monday for all to see were the ingredients needed to make methamphetamines, meth for short.

Imagine your children, students or neighbors cooking a batch of ingredients that include:

Alcohol

Gasoline additives/rubbing alcohol

Ether

Benzene

Paint thinner

Freon

Acetone

Chloroform

Camp stove fuel

Anhydrous ammonia

Red phosphorous

Toluene (found in brake cleaner)

Drain cleaner

Muriatic acid

Batter acid

Lithium for batteries

Ephedrine

Cold tablets

Diet aids

Iodine

Bronchodilators

Energy boosters

Iodine crystals

Now imagine the same ingredients ingested in a finished product such as a powder (generally a white, pinkish or yellowish color), pills (either tablets or capsules of various colors) or in crystal shapes like that have the appearance of ice or rock candy.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s department in conjunction with the Greer Police Department offered a 45-minute presentation followed by a question and answer session to educate parents and students on the liabilities of making, selling and ingesting meth.

Interestingly law enforcement also gave some excellent examples of what to watch for to determine if your children were cooking or ingesting meth. There were telltale physical signs of usage or manufacturing meth. Some not so pleasant photos and graphics depicted what happens when a meth lab explodes in the house or apartment next to you.

Unfortunately, it fell on deaf ears. Greer City Councilwoman Judy Albert was the only person who attended the seminar other than law enforcement. There were no parents, students, teachers or administrators from any educational source. No one.

Deputies described how meth creates the highest high imaginable. They also showed how the body and mind deteriorated with continued use. Dopamine, the chemical in the brain, is not a friend with meth. When the chemicals are combined they literally “fry” the brain.

There is good news. Steve Owens of Greer City Communications filmed the complete presentation. Greenville and Greer delivered the message. It’s there for the viewing at: http://www.cityofgreer.org.

We commend the video to your attention.

UPDATE: Meth presentation video now available online. Click here to view >>

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