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An alarming trend

While prescription drug abuse is still at an epidemic level throughout the country, methamphetamine can certainly be viewed in the same manner.

With the enhanced efforts of law enforcement, the meth-related arrests have increased.

Unfortunately, the strong possibility exists that a massive amount of others are still in operation.

Over the past few weeks, there have been a significant increase in meth-related arrests in locations that could have resulted in a serious threat to personal property and injury to those nearby. Arrests are being made at locations posing a major danger to public safety.

In 2013, Ohio was the fourth leading state in the country pertaining to the number of meth labs found by various law enforcement agencies at more than 1,000.

This is an alarming trend that seemingly continues to escalate.

Ultimately, continuing to be vigilant to potential warning signs, being educated, having proactive law enforcement, and developing stricter laws can be the movement that aids in lessening the control this drug has on the Appalachian region and our local communities. — The Ironton Tribune


A popular target

For every sensational story of food-stamp fraud or abuse, there are thousands more of people who depend on them to feed themselves and their families. That’s especially true now, with one in seven Americans — a record 47 million people — receiving help from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). That number is double what it was a decade ago.

Food benefits have become a popular target, with Congress cutting benefits late last year across the board and in more than a dozen states again this year. But fundamental changes in the economy mean that more Americans need the benefits than ever before, even though the unemployment rate is slowly dropping.

The recession we’re emerging from, and the corresponding loss of well-paying jobs, has filled the program with people who never expected to be there. Americans should understand the value food assistance brings and resist the call for further cuts in the program. The real story is how food stamps help needy families and individuals navigate tough times….

Recent cuts and reforms have altered the program in small but important ways. All recipients saw a 5 percent cut in benefits in November that averaged about $11 for single households and $36 for families of four….

For decades, food assistance has mirrored the unemployment rate, falling in good times and rising when the economy tanks. While economists expect the numbers of recipients to fall as the economy improves, there are fundamental changes to the face of food stamps that should concern Americans. The reality is food stamps help families and individuals. — The Cincinnati Enquirer

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