This week our Exchange Meeting starts at 12:30 p.m. with Robert Ramsey of the Georgia Conservation Service, Natural Resources Department, speaker.
Next week Thursday, October Programs Chairman Daniel Warren brings Dr. Ingrid Thompson-Sellers, President of South Georgia State College in Douglas, Georgia and Waycross, Georgia. Then, on Monday, October 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Al Jacobson leads our club and donors in our Exchange Club/Red Cross Blood Drive in our Ellie Royal Conference Room. Bring a friend and win some of the award money offered by our local businesses. Our blood donation center is first place in Georgia and second in the U.S. (so keep it flowing!)
EXCHANGE CLUB NEWS
President Chris Tatum reported our three new members have not had any adverse comments on Scott Ray (N.Y. Life), Justin Steirwalt (N.Y. Life) and Mary Louise Snyder (retired nursing superintendent). Welcome Scott, Justin, and Mary Louise to the Exchange Club of Waycross, Georgia. We are looking forward to your involvement in our service committees. Our advertising committee is led by Sloan Fountain and Priscilla Christopher.
Last Saturday was the second work day to clean up the fairgrounds.
CAPTAIN TOMMY COX WAYCROSS POLICE DEPARTMENT
Captain Tommy Cox of Waycross Police Department was introduced at our October 4 luncheon meeting.
Captain Cox discussed the history of the opioid crisis in the U.S. and Ware County/Waycross area. He said the use of methamphetamine started in the 1800’s for medical purposes. It was used as a stimulant with the military medical forces. Germans and Japanese worked on it to develop it for medical uses. In the U.S. in the 1950’s it was used for medical purposes, also.
“Shake and bake” methods allowed it to be used in the home. But, because the amount of work to create it was excessive for the little amount produced, it has lost importance. This way, it was not used to produce amounts for sale. It is very harmful when it is mixed with other products. Chemical reactions can occur when it is used this way.
Warnings are advertised by the police department such as shaking with coffee filters which is dangerous.
Don’t mix with other products. Don’t smell empty bottles which may have been used to produce product. Walking neighborhoods with trained dogs can help spot empty house or a house with fence and guard dogs. Strangers moving in and out of houses at odd hours raise concerns of drugs. He said you have to look at the “totality of all circumstances” when investigating neighborhoods. People with sores over their face or scratching but nothing there to scratch!
Users can get in a paranoid state of worrying someone is following them but no one is there! They can get in a psychotic state needing medical assistance.
Meth can look like powder, a tablet, shoot it in veins or look like ice. The “addictive” nature of opioid like “meth” can stay with you a long time. Medically, it can treat patients with attention-deficit hyperactivity (ADHD). Use of meth can increase the amount of dopomine in the brain which is involved with movement and Motivation and rewarding behaviors. Captain Cox warned everyone to not use it! It has created an opioid crisis in the U.S. and some in Ware County.
Thanks Daniel for the program!