With the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the power of addiction continues making national headlines.
And now, a tragic story with a deadly twist, is back in headlines locally.
In 2011 methamphetamine killed a 19-year-old pregnant girl and the baby she was carrying.
This case was anything but routine, especially with the latest development.
The mother of that 19-year-old girl kept using and selling meth even afer her daughter's death.It's a drug with that kind of grip.
This afternoon, a drug treatment therapist for women said she's met with many women who have expressed, "I love my children, but I love meth even more."
Today, April Flood is in federal custody because she was a meth dealer.A notable one in Murray County. This even after what happened to her own daughter in September 2011.
NewsChannel 9 shared this story with Ansley Silvers, a program director at Highland Rivers. It's a drug treatment facility in northwest Georgia and Silvers deals with women. "One would think that would be your bottom and that you would quit using when you lost your child and your grandchild, but everybody's bottom is different," Silvers said.
Flood's daughter, Megan Long, was a pretty 19-year-old girl with a two-year-old son Mason and another child on the way in September of 2011.
Long's mother was in the car with her during a routine traffic stop.
Pregnant at the time, she stuffed a bag of meth inside of her.
It burst and killed her and the baby. Allegations surfaced that her mother told her to do it, but Flood was never charged for that.
Now, Mason is almost five and living with Megan's father and aunt Lynn Williams. This afternoon, Williams spoke about what meth has done to this extended family. "It's torn this family completely apart you know. We all lost. She (Flood) even lost. But the main concern, he's (Mason) lost a lot more than anybody."
Last year, Flood lived at 826 Old Highway 411 in Murray County. Undercover drug agents started buying meth from her.
They made several buys and police say she was a longtime user, even after her daughter's death.
Silvers said meth has that type of hold on users, "I've heard the women say over and over again that they just lost themselves to it. They existed because of meth."
Williams agreed, "You think anybody that has been in this situation, it would at least open their eyes up and see what it has done, but it hasn't in this case."
Flood has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and eight years of probation after that. Meanwhile, the drug treatment therapist told us 67 percent of the women they see across at 12 county region of northwest Georgia are addicted to meth.
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