Meth Blitz: A Prisoner's Story

Meth Blitz: A Prisoner's Story

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By Rose Ann Haven


If you think think crystal meth is just a street problem...think again.
Almost instantly the drug has the power to transform a productive citizen into a paranoid fiend.
The WKRG News 5 Crime Solutions Task Force's Rose Ann Haven recently traveled to The Tutwiler Prison for women in Wetumpka for an inside look into how meth can tear apart a family.


The ads warning of the dangers of meth are everywhere. Crystal Meth is the biggest drug threat in Alabama surpassing crack cocaine.

"Don't do it, You can't..you can't just do it once", says Stephanie Quiggins.

Rose Ann Haven asked Quiggins, "Do you still crave meth?. Quiggins responded, "I think about it But, then I remember where it took me, and that stops that craving instantly".

Convicted of cooking and selling meth in 2006, Quiggins, a mother of three, is serving five years in Tutwiler Women's Prison in Wetumpka, Alabama.

"And then, the fact that I've let my parents down, because they didn't raise me like this. They didn't raise me to do what I've done. They're wonderful, they're the best, and they've always worked for a living, and now I'm here", says Quiggins.


Stephanie says she began using meth to lose weight, but then she had to hit it everyday, all day.

Quiggins says, "I couldn't get out of the bed unless I had some meth to do because of the energy. I just felt like I couldn't go without it".

Quiggins has been incarcerated twenty nine months total, twenty one of those have been at Tutwiler. The hardest thing about serving time is not being with her three children.

"Brittany will be graduated high school before I get of here, and that bothers me. Chris will be almost eleven, and Kayla will be almost ten. It bothers me everyday."

Even though Quiggins will never get back the time she's lost with her children, she is grateful.

"I think that if I wouldn't have gotten incarcerated, I wouldn't have stopped because I didn't know how to stop. I think that my kids...they were around it. I'm not happy to admit that...but, they were and...I probably wouldn't even be alive today, or maybe they wouldn't be. I think about that all the time.

Quiggins says she's made a spiritual connection in prison, received drug counseling, and learned life skills to help her make better choices, "I know now what I was doing them and to myself but I didn't know then..I couldn't. I was powerless, I couldn't, I couldn't see.".

Quiggins is counting on what she's learned on the inside to help her succeed on the outside. As powerful as meth is, Quiggins believes her desire to be with her children is stronger.

"My life is on the outside of that fence, and I'm going home to it. That's how I get through my days here at this prison is Brittany, Chris, and Kayla just knowing that they're there, and I've got my whole life waiting on me."

But, the odds are stacked against her.
Right now, nearly two-thousand Alabamians are trying to break their meth addiction. Ninety two percent of them will never get clean.
One reason? Meth is everywhere. It's so easy to get your hands on the stuff.

For more information on drug abuse, contact the Drug Education Council in Mobile.
http://www.drugeducation.org/

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