North County crystal methamphetamine use has become such an epidemic that more than 80 percent of people arrested – for any crime – are under its influence, according to Sheriff’s Deputy Sandra Brown, who spoke last week at a forum at Santa Barbara Junior High. Deputy Brown said parents should be on the lookout for extremely dilated pupils, one of the highly addictive drug’s visible effects. Other signs include paranoia, agitation, aggression, picking at one’s skin, and not eating or sleeping. Several parents of methamphetamine addicts said the county lacked ample resources for addicts and families, particularly inpatient treatment programs lasting longer than two weeks.
Originally published 9:26 p.m., February 2, 2006
Updated 3:31 p.m., February 18, 2006
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