Meeting on meth in Palisade

Dave Soaker’s interest in keeping methamphetamine users and dealers out of Palisade began when the drug’s problems arrived next door.

Soaker, a Palisade resident, lived next door to a home he believed to be filled with up to seven meth users. They acted skittish, stayed up late, and one of the women went through an entire pregnancy without gaining much weight, just a slight paunch in her belly. The baby died after it was born.

“I promised myself I’d do something to stop it,” Soaker said of meth use in Mesa County and his town.

Soaker printed bumper stickers that say “No Meth in Palisade” and hosted a meeting Thursday night at the Palisade Christian Church on behalf of the about 20-member group No Meth in Palisade. About a dozen people attended the meeting, where Soaker shared his story and invited Mesa County Meth Task Force Coordinator Jeff Haifley and Matt Kenney, a former meth user, to explain how meth is made and what it does to a person.

Kenney, 39, did the drug from 1989 until 2002, after he overdosed.

“I can’t reiterate how bad it is,” he said. “You don’t realize what it’s doing to you until it’s too late.” Kenney said he still feels the effects of the drug. His knees are going out and he has had two strokes.

Haifley said law enforcement and the task force are doing their best to fight meth, but it’s a large task.

“It’s never going to be perfect. Maybe we’ll always be a step behind. But we are taking strides forward,” he said.


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