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The growing problem of meth in South Dakota

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In just the past two months, it seems as though not one week has gone by without hearing something about meth.

And yesterday, a fire in Tea leads to a drug arrest, while police arrested two people in Sioux Falls for possessing meth.

These aren't random stories.

As we already know, meth is not new to our area but the problem with meth does seem to growing in South Dakota.

I spoke with a recovered meth addict who now works to help others.

When I asked him what he thinks about the increasing number of meth incidents, he says it's sad.

Recovered addict, and Tallgrass Recovery counselor, Jim McInnes knows all too well the power of using meth.

"It felt to me like I was pretty much invincible. I could do anything I wanted to. I could be anything I wanted to be," McInnes said.

But the feeling of being anything he wanted to be cost Jim everything.

"I had four kids at the time. I really missed all their growing up and them being kids. I've lost houses, I've lost cars, I've lost jobs, just about everything to meth," McInnes said.

After waking up in the hospital one day, Jim sought help, but Darcy Jensen of Prairie View Prevention Services tells us a drop in funding makes it hard for others to seek help.

"We've seen meth treatment numbers drop, we've seen the awareness and education drop. So with any other drug, if we don't talk about the dangers, people are more apt to use it," Jensen said.

And as funding has decreased, the number of meth arrests and drugs busts has increased.

"I think because of the one-pot method or the smaller method, smaller pot method or ability to make meth in a smaller quantity, we're seeing more people willing to take the risks than when we had the larger labs," Jensen said.

But Jim explains meth users will continue to get high until they get help.

"After that first high, you spend pretty much the whole time just chasing that first high, and just trying to get that back and it never comes back," McInnes said.

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