When it comes to drugs in Kerr County, the problems are many, so it should come as no surprise that the possible solutions are just as varied.
Dana Shepard Cardwell said physical activity helped her learn to control her attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — a condition she shared with many of the youth she worked with as a juvenile probation officer.
About 26 percent of felony cases filed in 2013 were drug cases, according to court records.
Drug and alcohol detoxification have become so common with incoming inmates at the Kerr County jail that site manager Tim O’Niell said he and the nurses can name the medication process by memory.
On her 34th birthday in 2007, Grace Matuska found herself skinny from constant methamphetamine use and barely able to walk from an untreated infection in her knee. It was the lowest point in her life.
Between the computer monitors and stacks of files on his desk, Kerr County Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer has a photocopy of a three-page, hand-written set of instructions recently confiscated from an inmate in the jail.
A 17-year-old recently attempted to kill himself rather than go back to the only life he knew.
In the last two months, meth possession charges led to the arrests of at least 13 people in Kerrville and the indictments of 12 others by Kerr County grand juries. At least nine more people either received deferred adjudication probation or were convicted of meth possession or dealing in the last two months.
Over the past six days, we have taken a look at various aspects of a growing problem with meth in our community, from new and dangerous ways people are making this deadly drug to the human cost and suffering from addictions.
Today marks the second part in The Times’ weeklong, “High Cost of Meth” series, focusing on the effects of methamphetamine use on our community.
About four months ago, Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer approached the Kerr County commissioners, requesting funding to add a new deputy to help fight what he described as an increase in local use and manufacturing of methamphetamine.