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Methamphetamine is an addictive stimulant drug that strongly activates the psychological reward system by increasing levels of dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain …

Methamphetamine is an addictive stimulant drug that strongly activates the psychological reward system by increasing levels of dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain
It can be smoked, snorted, injected and ingested orally.

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  • One thing I’ve always liked is writing stories in my journal. This is a story that doesn’t end the way it should, but it’s a story that has to be told. 
  • Most of us dream of growing up to be happy, healthy people with careers and friends, to fall in love, and pursue our passions and interests.  We all share the desire to live in a safe, warm, and loving home.
  • What if I told you there was something you could do that would completely destroy your dreams?  If it caused you to become a liar, a thief, a rapist, or a murderer, would you do it?  Would you do it if you wound up homeless and completely devoid of moral character? 
  • This is the choice my mother made.
  • She made it before she had me and before she had my two brothers, who were taken away from her. 
  • My little brother Cody was only five and a half months old when he was rescued by Child Protective Services with broken bones all over his body. 
  • While they were in foster care, my mom had another baby, my sister Amanda.  After that, she had me.
  • Then she married my stepfather Johnny Lee. He was a drug dealer.
  • Soon, drugs became their way of life. They even figured a way to make them in our house.
  • When I was only twelve, my stepfather started giving me methamphetamine, an addictive, illegal drug. 
  • He did this so I'd have sex with him. 
  • I didn't want to have sex with my stepfather. 
  • I didn't want to be a drug addict.  But the more I reached out for help… the more I was left alone.
  • Finally, when I was 15 years old, I became desperate. So on May 8, 2003 I snuck out of the house.
  • Alone and afraid I tried to hide underneath Johnny's truck
  • But he found me.
  • He dragged me inside. 
  • Then my mom and Johnny beat me up all night long and into the morning.
  • Finally, my parents injected me with enough methamphetamine to get me under control.
  • For good.
  • They spent three hours afterwards, cleaning up to make it look like this nightmare never happened.
  • But it did.
  • Meth, has been classified as the worlds most dangerous drug. A drug that is so hideous it caused parents to kill their child.
  • Meth does more than stimulate the brain. You have to increase the amount of meth intake to achieve the same effects from your initial dose - thus begins the downward spiral of addiction.
  • Sometimes in life you find yourself in a situation and see no easy way out. Look for a support group of adults, what you should realize is that many adult professionals are also parents and can help those in trouble, especially kids.
  • If you need help you can also call us at Dads and moms against drug dealers. We are more than an organization, we are parents…and we’ve been there.
  • Silence – the power of no voice here.
  • If you need help you can also call us at Dads and moms against drug dealers. We are more than an organization, we are parents…and we’ve been there.

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  • 1. Candice
  • 2. Journal of Candice This story must be told
  • 3. Most of us dream Some of us dream to be in a loving home
  • 4. What destroys dreams?
  • 5. This is the choice my mother made
  • 6. Long before I was born even before my two older brothers… who were taken away
  • 7. Rescued by Child Services Many broken bones
  • 8. Children lost to foster care, she continued to have more children My sister Amanda, and then me
  • 9. Then she married Johnny Lee My stepfather was a drug dealer
  • 10. Drugs became their way of life They made them in our house
  • 11. When I was only 12 My step father gave me methamphetamine
  • 12. He did this so I’d have sex with him
  • 13. I did not want this I did not want sex with my stepfather
  • 14. I was a drug addict against my will I was alone…
  • 15. When I was 15 I was desperate to leave On May 8, 2003, I tried to save myself by escaping the house
  • 16. Alone and afraid
  • 17. He found me
  • 18. Dragged me inside
  • 19. I was beat up By both mom and Johnny
  • 20. My parents injected me With a lot of meth
  • 21. I died This is me
  • 22. They spent three hours Trying to cover their tracks
  • 23. This did happen All because of Meth
  • 24. Methamphetamine is the http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/explorer/2592/Videos/05499_00#tab-Videos/05499_00
  • 25. Definition Methamphetamine is an addictive stimulant drug that strongly activates the psychological reward system by increasing levels of dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain It can be smoked, snorted, injected and ingested orally..
  • 26. Video segment courtesy of National Geographic CHANNEL
  • 27. teacher coach police officer Create a support group that you can talk to
  • 28. Need support outside of your available adults? Call us at DAMMAD Toll Free: 800-656-5241 At Dammad, we are parents…and we’ve been there. Presentation developed by Presentation Partners
  • 29. Remember, This did happen All because of Meth Candice
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