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Meth’s Impact Goes Beyond Addiction In San Diego County

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Members of the Drug Court program participate in a 12-step meeting, March 21, 2016.

Meth's Impact Goes Beyond Addiction In San Diego County

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Lt. Christopher May, San Diego County Sheriff's Department

More meth is coming across the border into San Diego County from "super labs" in Mexico. It's cheaper and more potent than it used to be, and the consequences go far beyond addiction.

"The drugs and the pursuit of those drugs are fuel for the crime that happens in our communities," said Lt. Christopher May, a member of San Diego County's Meth Strike Force.

May says when law enforcement come in contact with someone who is under the influence of meth, there is an increased risk of injury.

"It makes them at times violent, and that means our deputies are addressing violent behaviors and having to use force on them," May said. "That means there are injuries to our deputies, it might mean there are injuries to the people that we're arresting. So it creates a big problem."

May discusses the effect meth has had on communities and families in San Diego County on Midday Edition Tuesday.

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