Article describes how the meth problem has grown in the face of dwindling State/County budgets.
My opinion? It makes sense. My last blog discussed how heroin use increased in Whatcom County. Similarly, I would expect meth use to increase as well. It’s a sad state of affairs. We’ve all felt the crunch of this economy: people lose their jobs, financial situations seem hopeless, we need to feel better, and, for some, drugs provide the outlet.
Know this: meth is a particularly nasty drug bringing particularly nasty consequences. Under Washington’s Sentencing Reform Act (SRA), a person with no criminal history is exposed to 12-20 months PRISON for delivering methamphetamine. RCW 69.50.401(2)(b). Meth charges are also classified as Class B felonies, which are serious felonies under the SRA. Finally, delivery charges automatically prohibit a defendant from entering Drug Court.
Again, nasty. My advice? Stay away. Or hire good counsel.