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.