In the second part of a series reported over a six-month period, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tells the story of Jacqueline Hooser and the effort by her mother to get her to stop using methamphetamines.
The newspaper recounted Hooser’s writing “in girlish looping script about ‘getting geeked’ — getting high. Her writings were a jumble, a confused catalog of the disaster her life had become. They revealed the delusions, selfishness and profound sadness of a methamphetamine abuser.”
Hooser wrote that getting high was about escaping regret and shame. She wanted to get her life on track, but her only escape was more meth. She wrote in one journal entry: too many holes in the brain. This story is about a young mother running from the responsibility of motherhood. It is about her own mother, trying to save her daughter but not knowing how. It is about how Jacque’s unraveling led to the deaths of innocent strangers — another mother and another child.
It is a story of a potent, cheap drug knaown by many names: crank, crys, crystal, ice or meth that the Journal-Constitution says “is sweeping Georgia and the South, cutting across age groups, races and classes. It already has ravaged the West and Midwest. Previous epidemics, like cocaine and heroin, required sophisticated smuggling to distribute a supply to customers. Methamphetamine is spreading faster, because it is so easy to make the drug and get into the business. Local production requires no network or upfront expense, just a recipe and simple ingredients from a pharmacy or hardware store.