Willcox's local CPS reports that 90% of homes, that they remove children from, is secondary to meth use.
Cochise County has the largest meth related child abuse investigations, per capita, in Arizona when compared to Pima and Maricopa counties.
"Strawberry Meth" is another risk to our youth. Meth is being mixed with Stawberry or Chocolate Quik to mask the taste of meth and to make it more appealing to younger users.
It can also be mixed with popular energy drinks such as Red Bull.
Another form of meth marketed to children is Blue, or "Smurf," meth. It has a sweet aroma, is more potent, and is more costly than traditional meth. It is uncertain as to why the drug is colored blue. DEA labs suggest it is due to dye or pigmentation compounds which they could not identify. It is known to be the newest fad for meth use and production.
All these forms of meth are just as addictive and as deadly as non-flavored meth!
Children can have symptoms of meth ingestion or toxicity simply from their exposure to meth within their environment.
Signs of Meth Use
Nausea and Vomiting
Fast Heart Beat
Picking at skin "Crank Bugs"
Poor Dentition "Meth Mouth"
Skin Abscesses "Spider Bites"
Chemical Odor of Nail Polish Remover (Acetone) or Cat Urine (Ammonia)
Who to Contact if You Suspect Meth Related Child Abuse
Local Law Enforcement Agency
In Willcox: 384-4673
Silent Witness Hotline: 384-8673
In Arizona: 888-SOS-CHILD
Baby severely burned by meth lab explosion
To learn how you can help children, that have been affected by meth, visit our FAQ page.