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Monday, November 27, 2017

Arkansas in spotlight on HBO in documentary on meth scourge

Posted By on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 2:36 PM

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"Meth Storm," a new documentary by the Renaud brothers, debuts on HBO at 9 p.m.  tonight and it won't paint a pretty picture of Arkansas. It's about how a potent form of the drug coming from Mexico and a lack of economic opportunity have harmed rural communities.

WBUR has an interview with Brent and Craig Renaud about their film here. Excerpt:

Craig Renaud: "I think the film is as much about poverty in the state as it is about meth addiction. And you have this perfect storm of these large amounts of methamphetamine coming in, at the same time that you have a loss of job opportunities and not a lot of things going on in these communities. And you hear the [Drug Enforcement Administration] in the film talk about, back in the days of meth labs, they would be surprised if they saw a pound at a time, and now they're seeing 40- to 50-pound shipments a week coming into Arkansas. So the problem has gotten very overwhelming in these communities."

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