Dr. Mary Holley practiced gynecology for many years. Now she travels the world talking about the dangers of meth.
Her motivation comes from losing her brother. She watched him deteriorate for years as the drug mutilated his brain. He was diagnosed a paranoid schizophrenic. Then she grieved when he killed himself at gunpoint. For this she blames meth, better known as crystal ice.
She said, "In the year after his death I found out more than I wanted to know about meth, how it affects the brain, the cat scans, and the biochemical data I saw was just appalling."
Sheila Stephens is the head of an organization called Mothers Against Meth. She hopes bringing a speaker will attract more attention to what she and law enforcement say is a growing problem in Grady County.
Stephens said, "The community really needs to be made aware and know this is not some minor issue that's going away, it's an epidemic."
Unfortunately there were more empty seats than full, and Stephens says people continue to ignore the problem.
Dr. Holley said, "Our biggest enemy in the fight against meth is apathy. It’s like if it doesn't affect me, it doesn't matter."
Law officials say what scares them more than a growing meth problem, is dealing with a community that continues to deny the existence of a problem, only recognizing it when it hits home.
If you would like to attend the next Mothers Against Meth meeting, and learn more about the dangers of meth, call the Grady County Sheriff's Department.