Meth Children

January 22, 2006 - Posted at 1:36 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ Methamphetamine remains the Number One
concern among Arkansas law enforcement agencies. Often produced in
makeshift labs, the drug and its components pose life-threatening
dangers to anyone nearby. But neither law enforcement nor social
services has solid data on how it affects children.

Nationally, police seizing meth labs find children present about
a third of the time. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration
says 840 children were present at Arkansas meth labs seized over
the past five years. But state Drug Director Keith Rutledge
believes the figure is much higher than that. Social workers
estimate that thousands of Arkansas children have been put in
foster care because of meth and that the numbers are growing each

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