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Moms on meth becoming critical problem for our state

OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s a critical problem facing our state, mothers who are on meth.

Saturday, deputies say they found Barbara King with the drug in her car and children in the back seat.

Drug rehab specialists tell us the issue here is that even when mothers are ready to get help for their meth problem, or anyone for that matter, it’s not as simple as showing up at a treatment center.

“It breaks my heart. I’ve been there,” said Beth Gentry.

Gentry has been sober for five years now.

She says she used to be an Oklahoma mom on meth.

“I should have died in so many car wrecks it’s not funny, and with my kids in the car,” said Gentry.

She says it’s a growing epidemic in our state.

“What they call your soccer moms. We do it to be able to be supermom,” said Gentry. “To be 15 places at one time and not be tired. Then, you go look for the drugs and you get high and you spend time in the bathroom with the door locked for hours getting high instead of spending time with your family.”

It’s readily available.  Monday, the Bureau of Narcotics busted a group with ten pounds of meth.

In King’s car, deputies found the drug in baggies, hidden in a hollowed out hairspray can next to the kids.

They also found more than $2,000 in cash.

“Having the baggies with you, having that much money, that’s a cry for help,” said Gentry.

Getting that help isn’t that easy on the spot.

Drug counselors say there are two problems people face when they’re ready to get help.

The first, there are only a handful of rehab facilities in Oklahoma.

The second, these places usually stay full.

Counseling coordinator for Abundant Life Today, Karen Kissick, says groups need more state funding to build more rehab centers.

“There’s a window about this big when a person hits the bottom and they’re ready to make a change, and they start to reach out for help, and if that’s not available for them during that window, they’re going to revolve back out,” said Kissick.

Gentry finally got in after a two week wait.

After getting clean she went to school to become a drug counselor.

“I just want to hug those women, and say, ‘Look, I’ve been here there’s so much hope.’,” said Gentry.

To reach out to Abundant Life Today Services call (405)340-0085.