Dangerous Drug Makes Comeback

Abuse of opioid drugs is bad enough, but both West Virginia and Ohio are witnessing a comeback by another illegal substance, methamphetamines. Harrison County sheriff’s deputies’ experience in the early morning hours Saturday was a reminder of one key, unsettling difference between the two types of drugs.

Law enforcement personnel seldom encounter dangerous resistance from someone under the influence of opioids. Methamphetamines are different.

Harrison County deputies were notified an escapee from the Eastern Ohio Correction Center, near Wintersville, might be at his girlfriend’s home in Jewett. So, at about 2 a.m. Saturday, they went to the house, where they found the man hiding in a closet. He resisted being taken back into custody. Deputies used a Taser on him — twice.

The jolt of electricity from a Taser stops most people right in their tracks. But the escapee, naked, fled. He ran down West Main Street in Jewett, pursued by deputies.

He had to be hit four more times by Taser prongs before he could be subdued.

Later, deputies said the man may have been under the influence of methamphetamines. That might have explained his resistance to the Taser.

People under the influence of methamphetamines can be very dangerous because of their resistance to pain and the fact the drug sometimes makes them more aggressive. That makes the drug’s resurgence a matter of enormous concern.

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