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MSNBC To Air Special on Innocent Victims of Meth

MSNBC To Air Special on Innocent Victims of Meth



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(KSL News) -- A KSL-TV Eyewitness News Investigation is getting national attention.

Last May, our Debbie Dujanovic uncovered a disturbing trend among narcotics officers who investigated meth labs.

Dozens of them, sick and dying with a variety of ailments.

MSNBC To Air Special on Innocent Victims of Meth

Sunday night, MSNBC will air a 1-hour documentary on the innocent victims of meth - including the Utah officers.

Lt. Lori Moriarty, North Metro, Colo. Task Force: "Meth has been the worst drug we have ever seen in the history of drug enforcement."

A national epidemic, spurred by a cheap, highly addictive drug. The U-S Department of Health estimates more than 12-million Americans have used methamphetamine.

Lester Holt, MSNBC: "As you will see in many cases, it's the most unlikely victims who are paying the heaviest price."

The MSNBC Documentary "Wasteland: The Innocent Victims of Meth" explores the effects on children raised by parents in the throes of addiction, families who buy homes with a dark history they never imagined, and as EWN first reported last May, police officers exposed to toxic chemicals in meth labs.

MSNBC To Air Special on Innocent Victims of Meth

Debbie Dujanovic: "We just cold-called several of them and said, ‘So how's your health?’ funny you should ask let me tell you, I’ve got esophageal problems, I’ve had an auto-immune disease, I have asthma, I can't breathe, heart attacks, strokes, cancers at the age of 30. It was just, overwhelming.

Kelly Call, Former Narcotics Officer: : It was the ultimate rush to go into a lab, kick the door, run in and throw people down. We were 10 foot tall and bullet proof.

MSNBC To Air Special on Innocent Victims of Meth

Robby Russo, Former Narcotics Officer: “You never expected that the bullet you take would be a cancer bullet. A chemical bullet. “

More than 30 Utah officers have filed claims to get compensated for health care costs they believe are related to meth exposure.

The documentary is called: "Wasteland: the Innocent Victims of Meth"-- it airs Sunday night on MSNBC at 7:00 p.m.

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