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Mother's Against Meth Gets New Tool To Fight Addiction

Jody Jones, MAMs Jody Jones, MAMs
Pastor Scott Reynolds, Senior Executive Director for Teen Challenge International Pastor Scott Reynolds, Senior Executive Director for Teen Challenge International
Dr. Mary Holley, founder of Mothers Against Methamphetamine Dr. Mary Holley, founder of Mothers Against Methamphetamine

Many law enforcement agencies consider meth the most dangerous drug in the Panhandle.

It's no secret, from Childress to Dalhart, and Perryton to Hereford, methamphetamine is affecting every community.

A one local group fighting against meth, just received some help today.

For two years Panhandle Mothers Against Methamphetamine have been working at a grass roots level to educate communities about the dangers the drug possesses.

But with all their seminars, and literature, they need help from rehab facilities to fix addicts.

"30 to 90 day rehabs are not what they need, they need long term which teen challenge offers. Their minimum is 15 months up to 2 years," said Jody Jones, the spokeswoman for MAMs

One group from Midland has just announced it's coming to Amarillo.

"The plan was to come to Amarillo in about five years, but the need was so great and we were being pressured to come. So that's why we came in three years," said Pastor Scott Reynolds, the Senior Executive Director for Teen Challenge International.

Teen Challenge says studies show it has a 86 percent success rate at taking kids and helping them turn around their life and become better members of society.

Mothers Against Meth says the long term process is exactly what the Panhandle needs.

"We really need all we can get these people," said Jones.

"It's a medical fact, proven fact meth users still feel the effects from meth a year after they've quit," said Reynolds.

"If we're really serious about treatment and prevention we can stop this drug right here and actually reverse the tide," said Dr. Mary Holley, the founder of Mothers Against Methamphetamine.

Panhandle Mothers Against Meth say they're in such high demand to help eliminate the problem, they've been invited to Stinnett for a community day coming up on May 23rd.

For more information log on to: www.panhandlemamas.com and www.teenchallengepb.com  

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