- Fatal-shooting victim ID'd; uncle said he tried to break up fight (9/29/16)29
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Sister: Shooting victim died a hero (9/30/16)2
- Perryville couple arrested on felony drug charges after sting operation (9/29/16)
- Perryville High principal on leave; no reason given (9/28/16)9
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Animal-rescue group receives grant from rock star for spay, neuter assistance (9/28/16)1
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Monia pleads guilty to 9 counts of financial exploitation of elderly; dealings with murderer Joseph clarified (9/28/16)11
I have lived in the Cape Girardeau area since 1981. At the age of 13 I began using drugs and alcohol, and my life changed dramatically for the worse.
By the age of 15, I had been involved in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. I did whatever I felt I needed to do to have drugs in my pocket. Until just a few months ago, no one would tell me I was addicted to methamphetamine. I was in complete denial.
Now at the age of 32 I am in the Ozark Correctional Center participating in a one-year treatment program that addresses drug addiction as well as behavior modification. I've had no choice but to look at what I've done, not only to myself and my family but to my community as a whole. I truly and sincerely apologize.
Understand that no matter how fun or exciting things may seem to you when drugs or alcohol are involved, you must always remember that things aren't always what they seem. Methamphetamine will ruin your life. It will take everything you have.
I'm fortunate because my family will get to see me again, and I will have a chance to give back to my community. But I know many men and women who aren't nearly as fortunate. Addiction won and their families will never get to see them again. Meth can and will take your life. No one is immune to its destruction.
KEVIN DUDLEY, Fordland, Mo.