Mississippi law enforcement officials have made battling the problems crated by methamphetamine, a highly addictive drug that's also hazardous to make. Legislators even passed a law this year to try to stop it.
In a three part series, Newscenter 11 is looking at one reason why it has been nearly impossible for drug agents to put a dent in this drug problem over the last ten years.
This story of addiction is set in Louisville, Miss. While Jerry Blackstock had every shot at life available to him, at 18, he says he walked into the woods and tried meth for the first time behind an old chicken house. He emerged the next morning an addict.
"I'm hoping the Lord will help me. I know He will; you just have to ask. That is the only choice/hope I've got," Blackstock said.
Now at 33, Blackstock is serving his second sentence for possession of precursors to manufacture methamphetamine. He has 14 more years of walking the highways picking up someone else's garbage. This is his life. Ruined.
"There ain't a way to make sense of it. I still think about it I still think, about meth when I go to bed at night," said Blackstock. "It's that bad, addictive."
And one factor that makes it difficult for law enforcement is that, Blackstock says, it's not just the high of doing the drug that's addictive. He loves cooking it. The process creates an addiction of its own.
"Cooking, you know what the outcome is going to be. And instead of finding a drug dealer, you know, that is what you do. So as you're cooking, you may still have some but you want to cook some more," said Blackstock.
And this is why Blackstock is praising the new pseudo ephedrine law. He said he believes this is the only way he will be able to stay away from the drug and the ingredients so easily purchased by desperate addicts.
"I hope I can't get to it," he said. "II hope there is no way I can get it. It makes me want to cry to know I messed up my life for something like that."
In Part 2, we'll talk to the director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics about his successful effort to pass the recent pseudo ephedrine law that takes effect in July. And he'll tell us what he thinks about a meth addict saying it will work.
In March, Alabama Gov. Bob Riley signed into law a bill that created an electronic database so law enforcement could quickly track excessive purchases of pseudoephedrine.