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District Attorney  Mike O'Dell
As the District of Attorney of Cherokee and DeKalb  Counties, I am charged with assessing and addressing the criminal justice needs of our communities. Over the last nine years, methamphetamine has become the #1 law enforcement problem in our circuit. It is the most dangerous and devastating drug we have ever encountered. It is eroding the very fabric of our society, threatening the safety and welfare of our children and grown-ups, alike.

Nearly 90% of all crimes committed in our two-county Circuit are drug related...and the majority of those are due to meth addiction. Locally, meth is responsible for dramatic increases in child abuse and domestic violence, with nearly 80% of foster care kids coming from meth homes.  Meth destroys the lives of its users. They lose their homes, their jobs, and their families. They abandon their children, beat their spouses, lie, cheat, and steal.

Meth is also the only drug we know of that actually cannibalizes its users- eating the body's muscle and tissue from the inside out. Although being made from some of the most toxic substances known to man, it continues to be the most popular drug in use in our community today.

Iodine, Muriatic Acid, Liquid Drano, Coleman Fuel, Ammonia, Clorox, Red Devil Lye, Kerosene, and lithium battery acid are just  some of the toxic substances used in making methamphetamine...Still want to try it?
ZEROMETH is my office's response to the destructive force of today's meth epidemic. The purpose of this public awareness campaign is to expose meth and its deadly onsequences to our teens and young adults. The goal is to stop first-time users from trying the drug while encouraging everyone to look for the warning signs and support treatment. Through education and prevention we hope to stop the cycle of meth addiction. This campaign is designed to create hard-hitting and memorable impressions, leaving no doubt that meth is a poison and its use must be stopped. It is also designed to saturate the local community with the Zerometh logo in an attempt to keep the issue of meth prevention on the minds and hearts of all our citizens.

 It is time to reclaim our communities- it's time to fight back! Go to ZEROMETH.com, or call my office or Sheriff Shaver, to learn what you can do tohelp. Sheriff Shaver and I have joined together to fight this dangerous drug.

District Attorney O'Dell
and Sheriff Shaver

Asst. D.A. Jeremy Taylor
at Lessburg Day

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