Meth Increase In Jackson County

, Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Wed, October 23 2013 at 10:14 PM, Updated: Wed, October 23 2013 at 11:16 PM

"I started using meth when I was thirteen I used with my mother I have a long history."

Jessica Scott has been sober for seven years she says that's a life she never wants to go back to. But in Jackson County meth is something  the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team is seeing too much of.

"Last year was the first year that MADGE seized over a hundred pounds of meth its not a milestone we wanted to get to but we have a large amount coming into the valley as it has for years."

Lieutenant Brett Johnson says that's high compared to 10 to 30 pounds a few years go and adds up to a 295 percent increase  in 2012.

"Meth is number one i think i still see more numbers it has a bigger impact o crime violent behavior and meth."

Lieutenant Johnson says it's making its way here from Mexico... where it's cheap to produce.

"The availability of the pseudophadrine needed to produce meth in labs in the local area is really diminished so the void has been filled by the cheap meth that's coming up from Mexico."

 Scott has now made it her life's work to help others stay away from the highly addictive drug.she's  a counselor  at on track an addiction recovery programs and services center.

"I think its alarming but in my job that's what we deal with every day."

And she sends this message to anyone seeking help:   

"If you feel like you're so deep in and there's no way out there always is. I really lost everything, I got a lot of criminal charges, I hadn't had my kids for a really long time."

Liuetenant Johnson says so far this year MADGE has recovered fourty pounds of meth.

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Roma Villavicencio

NBC5 News reporter Roma Villavicencio comes from Southern California where she reported for Garden Grove TV Channel 3.

She is a graduate of the journalism/communications program at Cal State Fullerton.

Roma is very proud of her Mexican heritage. She is bi-lingual and looks forward to serving our Hispanic community.

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