Aaronette Noble, 38, of St. Louis, started smoking marijuana at age 7, started drinking at 14, and was using methamphetamine by 17, says the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Noble told a congressional committee that she became homeless and had her newborn taken away by welfare workers. “I was walking around half dead most of the time,” Noble said of her meth abuse.
About a year ago, she found a center that focused on family treatment. Noble spoke to the Senate Finance Committee, which is considering funding for family-based treatment programs that attempt to include the loved ones of meth abusers and educate them on how to deal with addiction in their families. The committee’s senior Democrat, Max Baucus of Montana, said meth addiction has become the scourge of rural America. Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo., who co-chairs the Senate’s anti-meth caucus, said, “We need to provide additional funding for family-based treatment to help those who want help and for the children who have been exposed to meth.”