- Few Southeast students face suspension, expulsion for sexual assaults, campus paper finds (4/25/17)6
- Perryville family organizing bone-marrow drive Friday for ailing 6-year-old boy (4/26/17)
- Woman battered after smashing boyfriend's meth pipe against wall, police say (4/25/17)1
- Temptations bassist dies after Cape Girardeau show (4/26/17)2
- BBB warns Jackson man's online business might not be legit (4/24/17)
- Event includes the first public tour of 200-year-old Elmwood Manor (4/23/17)3
- State Supreme Court rules against congressman's mother in dog-kennel defamation case (4/27/17)1
- Strattman to step down as principal at St. Mary (4/28/17)1
- Cape couple turns their home into cozy, comfortable music venue (4/24/17)
- New ride-hailing law draws praise from carGo official (4/25/17)
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.