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Is Crystal Meth the New Crack?
Last Featured: 6/4/2007

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Crystal methamphetamine has been getting a lot of media and political attention in the last few years. In March 2006 President Bush signed the Combat Meth Act, which requires cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine be put behind the pharmacy counter because they can be turned into meth. States are using creative tools like building meth prisons. Others are waging shock-and-awe prevention campaigns. But is meth a national epidemic or a regional problem? Join us on this edition of Justice Talking as we look at how the justice system is responding to crystal meth.

Voices of Meth Addiction
Three recovering meth addicts in Portland, Oregon tell their stories.

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Interview with a Journalist
Host Margot Adler speaks with newspaper reporter Steve Suo about the origin and spread of meth in the United States.

Steve Suo Steve Suo has worked at The Oregonian since 1994. His five-part series "Unnecessary Epidemic," written with Erin Barnett, was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in national reporting. Suo also collaborated with PBS Frontline on a 2006 documentary based on the newspaper series.

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Debate on the Issue: Meth Epidemic?
Ryan King of The Sentencing Project and Joe Dunn of the National Association of Counties debate the scope of the meth problem in America. Is it really a national epidemic or is it limited to certain regions in the country?

Ryan King is a policy analyst for The Sentencing Project, a national organization that works to reform sentencing laws and promotes alternatives to incarceration. He authored the recent report "The Next Big Thing? Methamphetamine in the United States."

Joe Dunn is the associate legislative director of the National Association of Counties (NACo). NACo is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States.

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Interview with a Drug Prevention Expert
Host Margot Adler interviews Peg Shea about the Montana Meth Project, a privately-funded prevention effort aimed to reduce meth use in Montana.

Peg Shea is the executive director of the Montana Meth Project. She has nearly 30 years of experience in counseling and addiction services. Most recently, Shea was executive director of Western Montana Addiction Services in Missoula.

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State Laws and Meth Prisons
Host Margot Adler speaks with attorney Sherry Green, executive director of the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws, about how individual states have been addressing their meth problems. She also interviews Commissioner J. David Donahue about Indiana’s prison-based meth treatment units, the first of their kind in the nation.

J. David Donahue was appointed commissioner of the Indiana Department of Correction in January 2005. Commissioner Donahue has 26 years experience in corrections, including service with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, local government and private corrections.

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Report from the Navajo Nation
Reporter Eric Mack traveled to the Navajo Nation to see how meth is affecting life on the reservation.

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EXTRA: Interview with a Physician
Host Margot Adler interviews Dr. Robert Winn about how meth use affects the body and the impact of meth on the gay community.

Dr. Robert Winn is medical director at the Mazzoni Center, a health center focused on the needs of the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. He is also a board member of the Philadelphia Crystal Meth Task Force.

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The Combat Meth Act of 2005 (Acrobat PDF)
State Regulation of Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine (Acrobat PDF)
Arizona Proposition 301 (Passed 11/06)
The Combat Meth Act of 2005 - Questions & Answers
Office of National Drug Control Policy - Methamphetamine
FRONTLINE - The Meth Epidemic
The Oregonian - UNNECESSARY EPIDEMIC: A Five-Part Series
National Association of Counties - Meth Action Clearinghouse
The Sentencing Project - The Next Big Thing? Methamphetamine in the United States
Montana Meth Project
Indiana Department of Correction - Clean Lifestyle Is Freedom Forever
"G" - Methamphetamine on the Navajo Nation
American Meth: A History of the Methamphetamine Epidemic in America
by Sterling R Braswell
Meth: America's Home-Cooked Menace
by Dirk Johnson
Overcoming Crystal Meth Addiction: An Essential Guide to Getting Clean
by Steven J. Lee
The Right to a Jury Trial
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