A Meth Addict's Story, Part 1

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

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.

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  • by Anonymous on May 13, 2010 at 09:39 AM
    For starters, I get no government help with anything! I have children, work everyday, have health insurance on all of us! My family member went through rehab in prison-it doesnt stop the craving, was my point! I never heard or saw an advertisment for a free rehab.
  • by Anonymous on May 9, 2010 at 07:17 PM
    this is hard and cold but you want out you get out... the world has become weak and weak minded... and lack of responsibility.... every time you turn around you have a excuse why your this or that from DNA disposed to god knows what.. as an excuse to why you do.. long time ago is said you sleep with a prostitute you wake up with something... and your problem you deal with it... families havent learn when to let go let the other sink ... fact is you cant push a rope.. and as far as rehab and no way to pay it prison has it and local communities have them free.. your hungry enough you will do what it takes to do what has to be done.
  • by Anonymous on May 8, 2010 at 07:31 AM
    Always a _____ excuse no insurance this or government won’t pay for that.. this is the foundation why most times rehab fail..You want something bad enough you will find a way to get the money needed.. the rehab we ran was a halfway house.. no state funding the clients OMG worked..... ____ that is a new word today.. unlike most i see crying no money no insurance.. you want it bad enough you will do what it takes..
  • by Anonymous on May 7, 2010 at 12:28 PM
    No, I meant-touched in your personal life. Your family. Your home wrecked because of it. Rehab all well & good, but most of them dont have insurance, money to go into rehab. Family doesnt have it either, many times. No, most cases, they do not think they will get addicted. They think, not me. I will do one time, then only socially. By the time they realize there is no such thing as social drug use, its to late. Sounds like you havent spent much time listening to your 99%. I promise you, I have listened to the ones Ive known.
  • by Anonymous on May 6, 2010 at 10:20 AM
    Touched by drug addicts yes some of us do know well about this. the fact being the end result is they are trouble... all the education there is and is seen no different then any other addiction.. you know before you start what can will happen. the system was never meant to help.. only a way like every other thing out there to keep and gain money. this is a fact i know them first hand running a rehab with my father the success rate was 99% after 7 yrs..
  • by Touched by drug addicts on May 6, 2010 at 09:35 AM
    Have any of your lives ever been touched by a drug addict? They way you're talking, I doubt it. These are people. Someones son, daughter, husband, fathers. They do it & you're right, their addicted. Even jail doesnt stop their wanting it. It keeps calling them. They pray while on their way to buy it. Lord, please dont let me do it. No, I am not a drug addict! Never tried any. They have however, touched my life many times. Dont ever think it cant happen to you, or your family. It would surprise many. Your husband, brother, sister, child may be doing & you not even know. Yes, I know most say, not mine, or I could tell. Sorry, not always. The law does what they can to control it. Yes, its everywhere. They cant stop it. Only, do their best to control it.
  • by Anonymous on May 6, 2010 at 06:31 AM
    enough already... if the money is there no matter the law it will happen.. how many laws are needed how much freedom are you willing to give up in hope will stop another from doing wrong... my father said locked doors only keep the honest honest.. laws are on the books already not enforced.. and when they are some bleeding heart tells all he is a victim not his fault.. stop with the excuses
  • by Anonymous on May 5, 2010 at 08:18 AM
    I definitely feel for this man, his addiction and others like him. I do not feel that it is fair that hard working, law abiding citizens of MS should now have to suffer and pay because of HIS addiction. Law enforcement has already stated that these users have already found another way to make this stuff. AND it is more volatile than what they are doing now. I also agree with Wellspring. How is this going to solve the problem when our adjoining states dont have these same laws? They are going to do whatever it takes to make this stuff and this nor any other law is going to stop them.
  • by RR Location: home on May 5, 2010 at 05:45 AM
    The trend of outlawing or restricting anything that people abuse must stop somewhere,it only serves to make life difficult for law abiding citizens to obtain everything from medicine to fertilizer.We as a nation are getting close to having less freedom than the communist countries that we feared for so many years.
  • by Anonymous on May 5, 2010 at 03:27 AM
    ok one gov. running rehabs has never worked dont call 2% after release something to be happy about just like the methadone ideal .... fact all the ideas the NESA and all out there shows all this fails badly... time to scrap the system and redo it..as far as meth labs.. simple toss the ____ keys kids in the middle of it capital charge ...the countries that go by this idea has little trouble with drugs
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