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Drug Plague in Rural U.S. Creating 'Meth Orphans'

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Drug Plague in Rural U.S. Creating 'Meth Orphans'

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Drug Plague in Rural U.S. Creating 'Meth Orphans'

Drug Plague in Rural U.S. Creating 'Meth Orphans'

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The rise in arrests of methamphetamine users in rural America created 3,000 so-called "meth orphans" in 2003, according to law enforcement officials. As addiction to the drug, which is cheap and easy to make, has increased, so has the number of children found at the sites of meth lab busts. In Boone, N.C., 20 children were taken into custody last year. Leda Hartman reports.