Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Baby Still Recovering From Severe Burns, Abuse Due to Meth


A 1-year-old girl remains hospitalized but is recovering after suffering severe burns and abuse, her father told NEWS9 Monday.

The father, who is not charged and wishes to remain anonymous, said this was not the first time his daughter has been hospitalized under the baby's mother's care. The father said his daughter had to have surgery just months ago after she swallowed a roof stripping liquid.

At that time, he said nurses told him the girl had a 2 percent chance of surviving, but he said his daughter is a true fighter. Since then, he said, he's been trying to get custody of his young daughter.

The girl's mother, 21-year-old Samantha Burch, was arrested on Friday and faces child abuse charges. Burch's ex-boyfriend, 34-year-old Ryan Custer, faces charges of possessing meth.

Police from Dillonvale and Wells Township found the baby -- who just turned 1 on Nov. 5 -- at her mother's Coss Street home in Dillonvale. Officials said the girl was severely burned in her diaper area, dehydrated, filthy and had a fever of 103 degrees.

Police said the abuse happened at 821 1/2 Second St. in Brilliant. The baby has second- and third-degree burns, but police said they did not know how she was burned. The baby was initially transported to East Ohio Regional Hospital, then transferred the burn unit at Columbus Children's Hospital, where she remained Monday.

When K-9 units arrived at the home, one of the police dogs ran to an abandoned house behind the home and found a meth lab. Drug Enforcement Agency officials are still looking into the possibility that it could be one of the biggest meth labs found in Ohio.

Stay with NEWS9, WTOV9.com and WTOV9 Mobile for continuing coverage.

Monday, December 20, 2010

NM child left in cold car tests positive for drugs

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - Roswell police say a 2-year-old girl left alone in a vehicle in 38-degree weather tested positive for methamphetamine and cocaine.
The child's 19-year-old mother, Veronica Meraz, was arrested Nov. 29 after the toddler was left with possible drug paraphernalia within the child's reach.
An anonymous caller reported her inside the car parked outside an apartment complex.
Roswell police spokesman Travis Holley says what caught officersÂ’ attention was the child was playing with a digital scale, which police say is commonly used to weigh narcotics.
A search of the vehicle revealed a digital scale with a white, powdery residue; two baggies with white, powdery residue; and a bag of marijuana.
Police charged Meraz with abandonment or abuse of a child, possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Information from: Roswell Daily Record, http://www.roswell/-record.com

Idaho sheriff deals with son's meth addiction

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Rick Layher has been working drug cases for decades and knows well how methamphetamine can tear a family apart.
"The parents that I've talked to, they're just pulling their hair out about it and asking 'What do we do?' No other drug has affected families like this," said Layher, who was confronted with the problem in his own home this year.
Layher's son, John R. Layher, 27, was arrested Nov. 17 for felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.
The sheriff turned his son in to Idaho State Police after he found a couple of meth pipes in the basement of his house, where John had been living. Investigators searched the house and seized the evidence.
"I truly feel that turning him in, I did the right thing for him," Layher said. "One way or another, he's going to get some help ... To me, this was his last chance."
His son spent almost five days in jail.
"I was happy the longer my son sat in jail. His brain was starting to get clear," Layher said.
John Layher declined to be interviewed for this story. He was due in court Friday, but the preliminary hearing was rescheduled for January. The Elmore County Prosecutor's Office turned the case over to the Ada County Prosecutor to avoid a conflict of interest.
Sheriff Layher, who attended his eldest daughter's graduation from Boise State University Friday morning, said his family has been through a lot in the past month, but he's feeling optimistic about his son's future.
"I see light now ... I've seen a big difference in his attitude," said Layher, who wants to see his son get treatment for drug addiction.
He believes his son began using drugs in his early 20s, but had been clean until about a year ago.
"You see them going good for a couple months, six months, even eight months, then all of the sudden, it's like the rug's taken out from under you," Layher said. "He had gotten a pretty good job and had been clean for a long time, then he started using again."
Layher said meth addicts become completely absorbed in themselves, withdrawing from family and staying out all night.
"You can't really get into a rational conversation with them. No matter what it is, they're right," Layher said. "When they're on that stuff, they don't care about their kids, their parents, their grandparents. They don't care about them things until their brain starts clearing up."
Layher said meth is no bigger problem in Mountain Home than it is anywhere else in the state, but it is a major problem.
"I wouldn't wish this on anybody," said Layher, thankful for the support he's received from the community. "A lot of people have sent cards and said they're praying for us. That does help. I'm thankful to God for that."
Information from: Idaho Statesman, http://www.idahostatesman.com

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Babies Born Addicted to Drugs are Not Considered at Imminent Risk. WHAT??

This is so upsetting.  Because so many children were being removed from their homes in OK, laws were changed to keep children in dangerous situation unless there was an "imminent safety threat".  If parents out of their minds on drugs are not an "imminent safety threat" I don't know what is. 

Apparently, "This means a parent with a drug addiction may have child custody if treatment is sought and help is available in the home.   "What constitutes an imminent safety threat? It's not just about drug abuse," Powell said. "It is whether a child is abused or neglected if the drug use impacts care for the child."

I don't know a person whose heavy drug use does not impact their ability to care for their children, yet drug use is not considered an "imminent safety threat".  What they say does not make any sense. 

"When DHS receives a report a child is born addicted to drugs, the agency considers several factors such as health of the child, type of drug and home support for the mother, Powell said.
If the baby's life is in danger or if it is an illegal drug, such as methamphetamine, removal is sought, Powell said.
However, tests may not be immediately available, or prescribed medication may challenge the decision for removal, she said."

This makes me sick.  All types of drugs are dangerous for babies.  When in doubt, wait for the test or further reports about the prescribed medication.  Children's lives should not be gambled with.  This is so frustrating!

Read more from this Tulsa World article at http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=11&articleid=20101202_11_A1_Parent443467

Drug Addicted Mother was Investigated SIX Times Before Baby's Death.

This is so sick.  This is why drug use by a parent should be a charge of child abuse/neglect/endangerment by itself without any obvious signs of abuse.  Any child living with a drug addicted parent is at risk! 

Read all the way to the bottom - the kids were voluntarily placed with relatives while the mother is in jail.  There is not even an order in place that would keep her from getting them back if she were to bond out of jail.  I wonder if there was even an investigation into the relatives before they sent the children to their homes? 

THURSDAY DECEMBER 2, 2010 Last modified: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 11:44 AM CST
DHS Actions Scrutinized: Report probes complaints made prior to baby’s death
A report released Tuesday shows that Department of Human Services workers investigated the mother of a 10-day-old infant found dead in a washing machine six times before the baby’s death on Nov. 4.

Among the complaints was a report that a relative had died in the home from a drug overdose and that other relatives failed to report the death for seven hours because they were “shooting up speed” when the relative died.

The report, issued by the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth Office of Juvenile System Oversight on the death of 10-day-old Maggie Trammel, indicates there had been several reports regarding the care of Trammel and two other children, ages 5 and 8, in the home. The reports dated as far back as March 2009.

Trammel’s mother, 26-year-old Lyndsey Dawn Fiddler, is currently being held on $100,000 bond on charges of child neglect.

Fiddler’s case has garnered national attention since the baby’s death was reported.

According to the OCCY report, the first complaint, which was made on March 27, 2009, stated that Fiddler’s children were reported to have been absent from day care. Fiddler stated the children had been sick.

“The reporter stated that Lyndsey Fiddler and the children lived with a relative until about two or three weeks earlier when they were thrown out. The reporter was concerned about the children’s safety,” the report states.

DHS reportedly accepted the report and screened it out on April 4 as “Not Child Abuse/Neglect,” and documented that “no information was given that stated the children’s welfare was at substantial risk of serious neglect or physical danger.”

The second report, on Oct. 12, 2009, said that Fiddler and two other adults living in the home “all used drugs in front of the children” and that “the adults passed out from drug use” and that “one of the adults was so high that they fell asleep in their food.”

The report stated that a 5-year-old “walked down to the end of the road and the adults did not know where the child had gone.” DHS reportedly concluded at that time that there were “high red flags” regarding Fiddler’s drug use — and that she reportedly tested positive in a drug screen — but found that the children were not in danger, appearing “clean, appropriately dressed and developmentally on target.”

In the third report, it was stated on April 8, Fiddler had been arrested on charges of drug possession and had tried to smuggle drugs into the jail before bonding out. The reporting party indicated that they were concerned that Fiddler had “left the children with an inappropriate caretaker in the past.” Nine days later, DHS concluded that the report was “Not Child Abuse/Neglect.”

The fourth report, which was made on June 21, alleged that a relative of Fiddler had “died in her home of a drug overdose” while Fiddler was pregnant with Trammel. The report states that the children were taken from the home by another relative but that “an additional relative wanted the children to stay there but kept passing out from drugs while trying to argue the point.”

Fiddler reportedly told the relative to take the children because she did not have food in the home. The report states there was no refrigerator in the home and the children were hungry and dirty.

DHS concluded at that time that there was a “red flag” due to drug use but that DHS was “unable to prove neglect or abuse of the children.”

The fifth report, dated Sept. 14, stated “concern for the unborn child of Lyndsey Fiddler and said that she was “taking prescription drugs to the point of not being able to walk down stairs, having slurred speech” and was due to deliver her baby in late October. The report was screened out nine days later, recommending that the care of Fiddler’s two other children be assessed.

The final report, prior the baby’s death, was made on Oct. 25, two days after the baby’s birth, saying that “Fiddler had given birth and had reportedly used drugs throughout her pregnancy.” DHS had reportedly contacted nine collateral witnesses regarding the report and the investigation was still open at the time of Trammel’s death. The report noted that “Fiddler was willing to work on parenting services.”

Three more reports were made to DHS following the infant’s death, including one the day after the baby’s death saying that there was concern that “the surviving siblings had not been removed from the home.” DHS at that time documented that “the children were placed voluntarily with relatives who were seeking legal guardianship.”

According to an affidavit filed in the case by Bartlesville police, when questioned, Fiddler reportedly denied “knowing how her baby got placed into the washing machine,” and she reportedly denied that she used methamphetamine ‘anymore.’”

A drug screen administered by police following her arrest, however, reportedly returned positive results for “methamphetamine, amphetamines, benzodiazepine and opiates.”

When contacted today, DHS officials said they are unable to comment on specific cases, but did offer some insight into DHS policy.

According to Dixie Clayborn, local DHS intake supervisor, child welfare workers investigate each complaint in compliance with the agency’s policies and state law.

“Our office receives referrals and they are assigned when they meet the criteria that is laid out for us as state statutes (require),” Clayborn said.

“When we arrive in the home, we look over everything that was mentioned in the referral. Sometimes it is all true, and other times we find that nothing in the referral was represented accurately.

“All concerning factors are researched to the extent the law allows DHS to do so.”

Clayborn said the agency’s policy does not allow drug testing to be done during an investigation or assessment.

She said the agency considers all available information when deciding what actions to take regarding a referral.

“We take current information that we receive as well as historical information,” she said. “Basically, we’re putting together a big picture puzzle as to what is happening. Any information that people want to give us concerning the welfare of children is taken very seriously.”

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Meth Labs at an All Time High in Kentucky


As the methods for illegally obtaining the ingredients to create methamphetamine evolve, it becomes easier to manufacture meth and law enforcement is seeing a spike in meth lab incidents. 
Kentucky State Police has released the October methamphetamine lab statistics.
The number indicates an all-time high in the Commonwealth.  KSP reports that there were 111 meth labs found during the month of October, exceeding all previous monthly totals, bringing the 2010 statewide total to 919.

The last record was set in 2009, when 741 labs were discovered during the course of a year.  The state is on track to exceed 1,000 meth labs this year.

Methamphetamine is not just a Kentucky problem. Occurrences of meth labs have been on the rise across the country and states are scrambling to find solutions.

KSP advises that if you suspect someone is making meth or you encounter a meth lab, call 1-800 DOPETIP (1-800-367-3847).  Callers can remain anonymous.

Stench of Alleged Meth Dealer's House Almost Makes Cops Puke -- Dealer Blames House-o-Filth on 13-Year-Old Daughter


When Chandler police served a warrant at the home of 47-year-old Teresa Ramirez, an alleged meth dealer now charged with -- among other things -- child abuse, the stench coming from the refrigerator in the home was so revolting it "nearly caused involuntary vomiting to all serving the warrant."

That description comes from court documents obtained by New Times -- the rest of the story is equally despicable because living in that dump with Ramirez was her 13-year-old daughter.

Cops got a tip last week from a "reliable informant" saying Ramirez was selling meth out of her Chandler home at 864 East Chandler Boulevard.

Officers served a warrant to Ramirez's digs on Friday and discovered the nastiness in which she and her daughter had been living.

Cops found used meth pipes, meth torches, and Oxycontin, all in places to which the girl had access.

As for the house: police describe the conditions as "horrid."

There was no electricity in the home aside from an extension cord that was plugged into an outlet in another apartment. Ramirez wasn't using the limited electricity she had to run her refrigerator, as you may have guessed, and police say it was full of rotting food that apparently made everyone who served the warrant want to puke.

Ramirez was using the hijacked electricity to run two televisions -- one of which was connected to a video camera that was pointed out a window. Authorities believe it was used to watch for police.

There was no gas for the stove, or other appliances, and the house is described as "extremely dirty, cluttered, and entirely unhealthy for any human being, let alone a minor."

Ramirez has a history of this sort of thing -- she was previously charged in California with drug possession and willful cruelty to a child.

When questioned by police, Ramirez admitted the Oxycontin was hers. As for the whole selling-meth thing, Ramirez says she aint no dealer. When told she was being charged with selling meth, she told the arresting officer "prove it."

Just to top it all off, Ramirez blamed the disgusting condition of the house on her daughter -- even though, as pointed out in the court docs, the rest of the house was far more disgusting than the 13-year-old's bedroom.

Ramirez has been charged with one count of possession of a dangerous drug for sale, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of use of electronic communication during a drug transaction, one count of child abuse, and one count of narcotics possession. She's being held without bail.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

3 Mo. police officers sue over meth exposure

Three Missouri police officers are suing their current and former bosses over permanent injuries they suffered during a raid on a methamphetamine lab.
Butler police officers Mark Frost, Harold Anderson and Kenneth Rush were hospitalized for about a week after the November 2007 raid. The lawsuit says they suffered from chemically induced pneumonia and heart murmers.
The Kansas City Star reports the lawsuit claims the city purchased breathing masks to protect officers from meth lab fumes, but didn't train them on how to use them. Current and former police chiefs are named in the suit, filed this week in U.S. District Court in Kansas City.
All three plaintiffs continue to work in law enforcement. The suit does not specify the amount they are seeking in damages.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

When parents use meth.....

Folks, this isn't just in Tennessee.  It is everywhere.  1 in 4 kids are exposed to substance abuse. These kids come to school dirty, tired, missing homework, with behavioral problems, and basically just a total mess.  Report it, people, sometimes you are their only hope to get out of the hell they are living in.

Castaway kids: when parents use meth, children become casualties

By Matt Lakin
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
CROSSVILLE - They come to school with chemical burns and can recite Mom and Dad's recipe for methamphetamine along with their ABCs.
Diapers, baby bottles and crayon drawings mingle with blister packs and shake-and-bake bottles at dump sites and burn piles. Officers sometimes have to step around toys and bicycles on the way to serve warrants or batter down doors.
"You can't imagine it if you've never been in the jail at 2 or 3 a.m. and seen these kids waiting on somebody to come get them," Cumberland County Sheriff Butch Burgess said. "When you see the places where these kids are coming out of and what they're being exposed to, it makes you sick."
Meth labs have affected more than 1,200 children statewide in the past decade, according to the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force, although exact figures remain elusive. Police have found more than 800 of those children during lab busts - some as young as a few days old.
"It breaks your heart," Athens police Detective Scott Webb said. "That child didn't ask to be there. That baby didn't have a choice."
Those numbers don't always include children removed from meth-addicted families for other reasons - a child found with no car seat inside a weaving truck driven by a father who's later arrested in a meth bust, for example.
The state Department of Children's Services has no detailed statistics available on kids removed from homes because of meth, DCS spokesman Rob Johnson said.
The numbers vary from county to county, year to year.
"We don't really see as many kids in labs anymore, because so many of our repeat cooks have already lost their kids," said Conway Mason, drug investigator for the Monroe County Sheriff's Department.
Some children end up in state custody, some with relatives. Some go home to Mom and Dad, only to be taken away again.
"I'd estimate about 75 percent of the kids I see taken into (state) custody are due to meth in the home," Monroe County Juvenile Court Judge Reed Dixon said. "We've had parents who have gone through the process and got the child back. That's a pretty long path to follow. It can take as long as six months to a year. Not too many lose their kids on a permanent basis anymore, but many times they'll fall back off. I want to ask some of these adults what they're thinking."
Some parents struggle to stay clean and see their children again. Others don't bother.
"I'll order clean drug screens, and they won't even take the drug screens," Anderson County Juvenile Court Judge Brandon Fisher said. "Some of these parents have been on drugs so long their conscience has been fried. When a child's old enough to understand what's going on and sees a parent choose a drug over them, it's devastating."
Orphans in playpens
Meth kids learn early how to live on their own. Mom and Dad often can't be bothered to keep up with grocery shopping, supper, laundry or baths.
"We had one case where the parent was on meth and kept doing, doing and doing," said Dixon, the Monroe County judge. "When the kids came into court, they asked to eat. They described the method for making (meth) and talked about watching their mother suck it up with a straw."
Authorities say meth's effects - paranoia, aggressiveness, lack of sleep, a heightened sex drive - create an environment ripe for abuse, physical and sexual.
"I had a 3-year-old boy who took me by the finger and led me around one of those houses," said Lt. Gary Howard, former chief investigator for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department. "He showed me the bullet holes in the walls and the floor. He showed me where his daddy did target practice on his toys."
Haley Spicer, a 3-year-old Campbell County girl, became the face of child abuse in Tennessee after deputies found her beaten and burned by chemicals and cigarettes at the home in Jacksboro where her father and his girlfriend used meth in 2004. The case brought officers to tears and led to passage of Haley's Law, which increased penalties for some abuse and neglect cases.
Children from a meth home might miss class or show up for school in the December cold wearing shorts and tank tops. School nurses in the counties along East Tennessee's meth-lab belt have learned to look for the warning signs of meth exposure: agitation, lack of sleep, unexplained burns and sores.
"They look almost like bug bites," said Michelle McJunkin, a Monroe County nurse who has served as a foster mother to children from meth homes. "It's from the particles in the air that irritate their skin. The younger ones will tell you everything. Sometimes they know the recipes. The older ones try to hide it. They've learned to be afraid."
Some children grow up determined to avoid their parents' mistakes. Others follow the only path they know.
"It's bad enough to see the scars on the outside of these children," Howard said. "But you know the scars on the inside are going to be even worse. We're arresting our second generation of meth cooks now."
Aerosol addiction
If anyone in the home does meth - Mom or Dad, aunt or uncle, big brother or big sister - chances are the children do, too.
Cooks have stored chemicals, lab components and the drug itself in diaper bags, in cribs and beside baby food in refrigerators. Officers don't show surprise anymore when children test positive for meth.
"We found an entire lab (this spring) in a child's room covered up with toys," Campbell County Sheriff's Office Lt. Brandon Elkins said. "That's where the kids sleep. This stuff doesn't just disappear. It's there long after the lab's gone."
Studies indicate every time someone in the house cooks meth or even smokes it, the reaction creates an aerosol cloud that coats every nearby surface from the toy truck on the floor to the sippy cup on the kitchen counter. The fibers found in carpet, clothing, blankets, baby bibs and stuffed toys soak up those particles and pass them on.
"Young children spend most of their time on the floor," said Dr. John Martyny, a professor of environmental medicine at the National Jewish Children's Hospital in Denver who oversaw studies on the effects of cooking meth. "Any toddlers walking or crawling around and brushing up against the walls will be getting meth in their system. You end up seeing kids who are on at least a low dose of this stimulant all the time. We think we can see behavioral and learning differences in these kids. We don't know all the effects and probably won't know for years."
Unborn children aren't spared. Some mothers smoke, snort or shoot up while pregnant or nursing.
"I know one girl who had two meth-positive babies born dead, and she's got a third in the hospital now," said Burgess, the Cumberland County sheriff. "When you carry out a baby's body that looks like a porcelain doll in your arms, it makes you a little more determined to do the right thing."
A place to go
The right thing for the sheriff meant finding a way to offer children some comfort, if only temporarily.
"They can't bring anything with them out of these houses," Burgess said. "They can't bring their clothes. They can't bring their toys. For a while we were laying down pallets on the floor at the jail until DCS or somebody from the family showed up to take them."
The sheriff and others scraped together donations of money and supplies to open the House of Hope in 2004. The privately operated center in Crossville serves as a waystation for children removed from homes in drug, abuse, neglect or other cases.
"We've never at any time known where the money was coming from," Burgess said. "It's all based on the generosity of people in this community. Some of the kids that come through ask if they can go back."
Denise Melton, a former preschool director, stepped in to run the center. She stands by to open the doors at any time, day or night.
"Since we've been open, we've provided 5,300 services for kids," Melton said. "I've seen about 250-300 face to face. They don't have anything when they come. We offer whatever they need to get started, whether it's school supplies, food, clothes, diapers or toys. For some it's like Christmas morning. The first place most go is the refrigerator."
She knows firsthand the damage drugs can do. Her adult son has battled meth addiction for years.
"It's almost like there is a rotating black cloud that surrounds him," Melton said. "Even though he's off it now, just because you quit, it doesn't stop."
A place to stay
Efforts such as the House of Hope might help ease the separation but can't give children a permanent place to stay. That leaves family members or a state foster-care system already swollen with cases.
"The state does the best they can at finding foster homes, but eligible foster parents seem to keep getting further and further away," said Dixon, the Monroe County judge. "In most cases, they do find placement with relatives."
The most eligible relatives tend to be grandparents - older, sometimes retired and on fixed incomes. Men and women in their 60s, 70s and 80s might find themselves as sole caretakers of an emotionally damaged 5-year-old.
"These kids don't get to act like normal kids, because they've never had a chance to be kids," said Burgess, the Cumberland County sheriff. "The only people they know how to associate with are people from the same meth environment. The earlier you can get them in a safe, stable place, the best chance they've got."
The sheriff has served as a foster father to more than 30 children over the years, most from meth homes. He and his wife, Vicki, call one of them son.
"We got Nick when he was 3 years old," Burgess said. "The first two months we had him, all he did was scream. He hadn't ever bonded with his mom or anybody else. He's 11 now, and he's been on the A and B honor roll at school every year."
The couple draw on their experience to offer training for other foster and adoptive parents. Studies show children can recover from long-term meth exposure. Doctors still debate the extent of learning disabilities and other permanent damage from such exposure.
"We've seen so many little things," the sheriff said. "When Nick was little, if we told him to do two different things, he might not understand. It's a shame, but all the money for these studies and counseling has been spent on the adults instead of the kids."
Matt Lakin may be reached at 865-342-6306.

Friday, November 19, 2010

"Story of the Month" Faith and Truth Ministries, Topeka, KS

This is a story we ran across about David's trip to Topeka, KS in September 2010.
A Man of God and his journey with God, a man that goes out into the world and tells stories that are true and real for the cause to tell the truth about a drug called Methamphetamine.
There is a Man of God who is named David Parnell, this man is no ordinary man, he is a man of Faith, he is a man’s man, a father, a son, a husband, and a child of God, etc., but most of all, he is on a mission from God.  The mission from God is of this, to go out into the world to spread the truth about a drug called Methamphetamine; it is a drug that is tearing the fabric of our nation and nations all around us.  This drug has no discrimination towards anyone; it will destroy anyone who gets in its way.  You can be rich, famous, a doctor, a teacher, a minister, or even a child under 9 years old.  This drug almost destroyed our Brother David and his family, but God had better plans for David and his family.  Yes, it was God that saved David, not any self help book or a shrink that has a worldly view on saving an addict, but God alone.   
David has been for some years going to schools, churches, prisons/ jails, and into the community all-round the states and abroad in other countries, telling his stories about how meth. almost killed him.  David tells us that there is no hiding this, “The devil is behind this drug and the devil is trying to use this drug (Meth.) to destroy God’s children”  Yes, it is true that Meth. is a tool that the devil uses to keep us from knowing the truth.  It may seem that the war on drugs is a lost cause but it is if our Lord Jesus Christ is not put first on stopping Meth. or any illegal drug coming in our country or anywhere where it is wreaking havoc in our streets and communities. I tell you this, “David Parnell is not scared of the devil or the punks that put the drugs on the streets…David has God on his side and he puts on the full armour of God on (Ephs. 6:10…)”. 
While David was in Topeka, KS., not too long ago,  David went all-round the Capital, into schools, churches, jails, prisons, and other detention centers speaking about Meth. for his speaking tour called “Facing the Dragon, One Man’s Battle Against Methamphetamine”.  It went very well; wherever David went there were lots of eyes on him and his stories that proved to be captivating, especially when the graphic images showed the truth of the dangers of using or manufacturing Meth.  I went to many of his speaking engagements, and every time I went I kept on learning and was never bored a bit. 
You would think that David’s disfigured face would distract you, but it did for just a moment, but God gave you the ability to look past his scars and marks, David looked normal, because he is, his flesh and bones is of this world but his spirit is of God and that is what you see, you see Jesus Christ when you see David, you see a perfect image of David speaking the truth of what everyone needs to hear about.   There was another Godly Man, named Chuck Wilson who met David a while back; who met David on one of David’s speaking engagement.  Chuck was so impressed with David’s stories and format on how he tells the truth about Meth., that Chuck got David to come to Topeka, KS.  Chuck who was the head Chaplin at the Topeka County Jail for about eight years, has also been an impact on his testimonies on his life but supports others on their journey on spreading on the truth on the evils in the world and the good that Jesus Christ brings into this world. 
Chuck was the MC for David and introduced David to the speaking engagement in Topeka.  The both of them were very key to bring the whole event of ”Facing the Dragon Program”.  God had them together for His glory and honor.  Amen to that!!!  God is so great!!!  I was able to interview David at the “Central Park Church”, it was David’s last stop before he headed on to other places, doing the same thing he has done in Topeka.  It was such an honor and a humbling experience to meet a man with such gifts of serving the Lord and speaking to people.  I was impressed that David was soft spoken and mild-mannered, with a very respectful approach, it must be that southern gentleman inside of him.  Whatever it was, you could feel the presence of the Holy Ghost in Him, as you could feel in many people that tagged along with him on his speaking engagement, and at Central Park Church. 
Chuck was one of many that I felt that presences of the Holy Ghost in him and around him.  I can see why God brought them together.  Well, what I got out of David in the interview was of this:  David is 43 years old, he was born in 1966.  Born in Fulton KY, he has two twin sisters, and his parents divorced when David was six years old.  David was raised by his grandparents.  As a youth he lived on a farm with cattle’s, pigs, chickens, which he calls, “The Good Life”.  One day his grand dad got sick and had to sell the farm, than became a drinker, then died of cancer when David was at age 12. 
His teenage years, was full of rebellion, didn’t like school until in his high school years.  David played sports, such as basketball, was into sex, drugs, and did what he wanted.  Married high school sweetheart, his first wife gave birth to a baby girl, and then went to prison when she was 1 ½ years old.  David has seen her since he got out of prison but has no contact with her.  He lost custody when he was in prison.  His daughter thinks he left her, but that was not the case.  From what David expressed about his daughter, it really seems he loves her very much.  David has been in Prison just one time, but has been in the County Jails over 12 times.  David was once a drug dealer got one DUI, possession for illegal substances, public intoxication, but now is a child of God doing the will of our Lord.  He now has a family of seven, children from 6 to 18 yrs old, his wife is Amy.  They have been married for 16 yrs.  February 21, 2003 is the day he shot himself, and from that day forward was the day that changed his life forever and has made him a man on a mission for God.  When you hear that a man named David Parnell is in town, it would be in your best interest to go see him speak and bring a friend or two.  You do not need to miss him speak.
David is coming out with a book called, “Facing the Dragon”, it will be out soon.  The publisher (HCI) who is printing the book are the same publisher who has published “Chicken Soup for the Soul”, “A boy called It”, and even Sarah Palin’s new book that is coming out soon as well.  For additional information on his new book that is coming out, and his ministry, please do not hesitate to contact David, he would love to hear from you.  You can get in contact by the following approach: write to him at P.O. Box 762 Dresden, TN 38225, call (731) 469-9105 or cell (731) 514-7589, e-mail david@facingthedragron.org or www.facingthedragon.org
Written By:
Minister Timothy W. Sanders

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Russell Springs, KY

David will be at the new Russell County auditorium across from the high school tonight at 5:00pm in Russell Springs, KY.  Tomorrow morning (Friday, November 19th) he will be speaking to the student body, grades 7-12 about the dangers of methamphetamine and other drugs.  We were at this school 4-5 years ago and are looking forward to this return visit!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

First Post!

Welcome to our brand new blog!  Here we will be giving updates about David's speaking events and sharing methamphetamine related news among other things.  Please visit often and feel free to leave comments.