It's affecting the law enforcement officers who are dealing with the behavior out on the street," said Show Low Commander Brad Provost.
"It's certainly not a victimless crime."It's a whole new crime culture, and it may be affecting you.
"Meth is affecting many children living in this community and going into our public schools," Provost
said."Teachers are having to deal with the learning disabilities and behavioral issues of kids who come from this environment."The biggest thing I see with meth is that it causes people to lose control of their lives and it destroys them," said Provost
."It doesn't matter how much the family wants to help.It doesn't matter how much they want to be helped.It controls them."It's extremely addictive and controlling, and in almost every case, devastating to the user's life."No one is immune."Chances are, if you live in this community, you know somebody or have someone in your family who these drugs have affected, whether you know it or not," said Provost
."People who are on meth are controlled by the stuff.They do whatever it takes to get it, even if that means breaking law.Stealing, selling it, selling themselves ... whatever it takes, they'll do it."Police say there is no end in sight."It's a problem that's not going away.It's just getting worse," Provost
added."Some people don't realize what a problem this really is.They don't see it.But if you're in the healthcare field, emergency services, law enforcement, it's really obvious."Our job now is that we need to educate other people on how bad this problem really is," Provost