When I first saw the story about the Horace woman who hid a broken meth pipe in her vagina, I thought of the dozens of quips I could offer in such a situation. But then I looked at the young woman’s age and her photo and I lost my ability to see the humor in the situation. The young woman was arrested and charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia. Her story left me sad and frustrated at the impact meth has on people’s lives. It is so incredibly addictive and toxic.
Jeana Marie Smart
Jeana is young – 26 to be exact. She needs help…she needs help now. And there are so many others like her who are living with meth addictions who also need help now. This is a tragic epidemic and we are losing so many people – people that once had hopes, dreams, and bright futures. It is heartbreaking.
There has to be a better way to deal with meth than what we have been doing. We have brilliant minds in this world analyzing and solving complex problems with their genius, surely there is someone out there who has some innovative idea about how we turn the tide on this epidemic. We must be able to do more.
Look at Jeana. Beyond her mugshot are the broken hearts of her family and friends who are not able to help her. All their efforts and prayers litter the landscape of Jeana’s life like a thousand pieces of crumbled paper, but all Jeana can see, think about, or live for is the drug that has her life in a choke-hold. This young woman needs help more than persecution.
I hope things work out for Jeana. I know that Jeana’s life is not my business, but I cannot rid myself of the lingering notion that Jeana and others like her belong to all of us. They are the victims of a societal scourge that we have not addressed. There are thousands of Jeanas out there being eaten alive and every day more enter the dark downward spiral that meth brings into addicts’ lives. That is the real crime in my mind – the fact that we are letting this drug take these folks away from being productive members of society. That crime certainly deserves more attention than a meth pipe hidden in a vagina.
Day one thousand two hundred and fifty of the new forty – obla di obla da