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What's the deal with drugs?

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Six years ago, the city of Colorado Springs produced Meth: A Social Plague, a documentary detailing the negative effects this drug was having on the city. Nowadays, no one's talking about meth much. Is there actually less to worry about?

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Dan Marion of Breckenridge is a student

How big a problem do you think drug use is in Colorado Springs? I would say drugs are kind of everywhere, and I feel like it's not much more rampant here than other places in the world. But that could just be me.

How much do you know about meth? The only thing I know about meth is what I see in the posters, which say "Not even once," so I don't do it.

When you hear the term "meth lab," what comes to mind? I think about Dave Chappelle [the comedian who joked about "Fighting a Meth Head"], but otherwise, I mean, it's not a good drug, so I just think about the negative effects of the drug.

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Kelley Grace of Green Mountain Falls is a sales rep

A few years ago, lots of people were talking about meth in Colorado Springs. Do you still hear about this? Not as much.

How big a problem do you think drug use is in Colorado Springs? I don't think it's severe locally — you know, like, "Wow, Colorado Springs is so bad."

When you hear "meth lab," what comes to mind? Explosion. Danger.

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Lorraine Pintus from near Monument is a writer and speaker

A few years ago, lots of people were talking about meth in Colorado Springs. Do you still hear about this? You still hear some things. I heard more when my kids were in high school than I hear now, about what was going on.

How much do you know about meth? Addicting, it's very powerful. It is one of the more prominent drugs today.

When you hear the term "meth lab," what comes to mind? A place in a basement where people are cutting chemicals.

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Kit May of northwest Colorado Springs is a flight attendant

How big a problem do you think drug use is in Colorado Springs? I would say it would be stupid for me not to think that there are drugs everywhere. I mean it's — if you have money, there are drugs.

How often do you find yourself thinking about drugs in Colorado Springs? I think I'm aware of my surroundings because of my job — situational awareness. So, yeah, I'm aware that it's out there, and when I'm even in a park, I'm watching. I'm not looking for it, but you want to stay safe and protect yourself. People on meth do strange things.

When you hear "meth lab," what comes to mind? A very dangerous neighbor.

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