State Rep. Mike Coan (R-Lawrenceville) has proposed that those convicted of meth abuse and crimes related to it, be required to register with local law enforcement much like sex offenders currently do. Coan explains:
Just two weeks ago, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration declared that metro Atlanta has become a hub for the distribution of methamphetamine, known on the street as “ice.”
Laws we adopted last year have reduced the number of meth labs operating within Georgia’s borders. But because Atlanta is such a large commercial hub, trafficking of the drug through the metro area is a growing problem, according to the DEA.
Just as sex offenders do irreparable harm to children, meth abusers also harm innocent children. The addiction to this street drug is so powerful that addicts neglect their families, spend all their wages buying meth and behave extremely erratically, sometimes abusing children and spouses. The GBI is concerned that these addicts will become repeat offenders — or even set up meth labs in their homes, which could pose a safety hazard to the rest of the neighborhood. With a registry, however, neighbors can watch for suspicious activities.
A methamphetamine offender registry should also give residents peace of mind. They will be able to determine who in their neighborhood has been involved with the illegal drug. They will be able to take steps to protect their families by staying away from these offenders who often return to their addiction or distribution business.