While meth impacts the lives of users and their families, the problems do not stop there.
The meth epidemic hitting our area hurts the state's foster care system. When parents lose their children because of their dependence on meth, not only do the children face problems, but it puts the system that takes care of the children in a bind.
Social Service Clinician II Mike Pierce says he has seen an explosion of cases recently because of the rising number of parents on the drug. More cases mean more work for Pierce and more children his department must find homes for as quickly as possible. He says his department is good at finding foster parents, but even if the number of foster parents keep increasing, with the rising number of meth-related cases, they could run out of foster parents.