- The Washington Times - Friday, November 18, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Much is being done in the war against marijuana, but the real threat to our society comes from methamphetamines.

I have firsthand knowledge of this curse and what it can do to someone you love. My oldest daughter, who was a bright, sweet, inquisitive child, became an angry, paranoid psychotic because of this demon. I was a very good mother; my daughter had a good life. She had a loving family, a comfortable home and plenty of opportunities to travel down the right path. She also had wonderful grandparents who took care of her when I had to go back to work.

But when she was 14, she lied to me and tried meth for the first time. By the time I intervened, it was too late. She’s 30 now, living in a halfway house, and is bipolar and schizophrenic. She is alive, but the child I so cherished is gone.

I urge everyone, including the school districts, to share this message with anyone thinking about “trying it just once.” Everyone ought to pass this warning on to others. After all, who in her right mind would choose this road if she knew the final outcome?

JUDY JENNINGS

Sonora, Calif.

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