Kids Are the Collateral Damage in Meth Epidemic
Authorities estimate there has been a 45 percent increase in the number of children in foster care in Oregon in the past four years due to a huge increase in drug- and alcohol-related arrests. And that has put enormous strain on the overburdened Oregon system.
"The number of calls we started getting in child welfare around meth-using parents … shot through the roof," said Jason Walling, head of Child Protective Services in Marion County. "We've seen a rise on average of 35 to 38 children coming in to foster care a month, till now we have well over a hundred children a month coming into foster care. And in March of last year we saw approximately 165 children come in, just in that one month."
So meth, among other drugs, is ruining children's lives. This article keeps talking about local meth labs but clearly there are more users than there are cooks here. So where does the meth come from? Let's ask the DEA:
DEA on Oregon
Methamphetamine is one of the most widely abused controlled substances in Oregon. Two "varieties" are generally encountered: Mexican methamphetamine, which is either manufactured locally or obtained from sources in Mexico, California, or other Southwest Border states; and methamphetamine which is produced locally by area violators. Of the two types, Mexican methamphetamine continues to flood the market.
Gosh, the solution must be to give Mexicans guest worker status so they can travel back and forth between Juarez and Oregon with greater ease. Oh, and let's give them drivers licenses so when they get pulled over on I-5 they will just be given a ticket and then they, and their trunk full of drugs, can go on their merry way. And according to the DEA they will not just bring back meth:
Heroin typically is transported overland to Portland via the Interstate 5 corridor from source cities in Mexico through traffickers in California.
Mexican black tar and brown heroin are the primary types of heroin distributed throughout Oregon, controlled by Hispanic poly-drug trafficking organizations.
These organizations also traffic in cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana (of Mexican origin).
Hispanic traffickers are the most common sources of cocaine in Oregon, and it is sold to Caucasian distributors.
"Transporting the drugs that Americans won't transport."