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Ex-Meth Users Give Warning to Ozarks Youth

MARSHFIELD, Mo. -- Former meth users and a nonprofit group have come together to not just warn Ozarks young people about the dangers of meth -- but to show them, too.
MARSHFIELD, Mo. -- Former meth users and a nonprofit group have come together to not just warn Ozarks young people about the dangers of meth -- but to show them, too.

"It turned my life upside down to where the drug became more important than anything else -- my wife or my children," David Parnell said in an interview with KOLR 10.

Parnell and Tiffany Eis, both former methamphetamine addicts, have taken their cautionary tale to several area schools this week, talking about what meth took away.

On Thursday night, the two shared their stories with a group of students and parents at Marshfield High School.
 
Eis lost her legs in a double amputation when her body was infected by the chemicals in the drug.

"That was the most weird thing, to look down and not see feet," Eis said.

Related Link: Don't Meth With MO website

Parnell said drugs stole two decades of his life.

"When I snapped, I remember thinking, 'That's it. I'm going to blow the top of my head off. This dope has robbed me of everything.' That was my way out, I thought. I grabbed the gun and pulled the trigger. The bullet hit me under my chin and came up between my eyes, breaking every bone in my face," Parnell said.

The presentations are all part of the Rotary Club's "Don't Meth with MO" program.

"Our message is simple. We're here because we care. We want to make sure you don't make some bad choices," program coordinator John Horton said.

Eis and Parnell hope their message stops young people from using drugs before ever starting.

"It's everywhere around here and people need to stop turning a blind eye to what's going on in their neighborhood," Eis said.

To learn more about Don't Meth With MO, visit dontmethwithmo.com.
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