- Making a difference
While the cleanup of toxic methamphetamine residue in the home they can’t live in is a personal concern, Jonathan and Beth Hankins are hoping their story can affect local change.
“Our Goliath in the community is the meth issue,” Hankins said.
Hankins is meeting with the Southern Oregon Meth Project to help combat methamphetamine addiction in the Basin. He’s also telling his story to state representatives to push for stricter disclosure laws.
Representatives from Change.org have helped the Hankins manage all the recent media attention. Describing their situation has kept them pretty busy. Hankins says he’ll be happy to have his life back once all the dust settles.
“We’re excited we might stop this from happening to other families,” he said.
Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012 12:00 am
Updated: 12:31 am, Thu Oct 11, 2012.
When Jonathan and Beth Hankins left their lawyer’s office more than a month ago, Jonathan felt dejected. He and his family were forced out of their recently purchased home after they discovered the presence of toxic residue from methamphetamine production. The residue created sores in the mouth of their 2-year-old son, and gave Hankins and his wife headaches.
Now, with an online petition gathering more than 200,000 signatures and their story told by national media outlets, the Hankins family feel like David taking on Goliath.
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Thursday, October 11, 2012 12:00 am.
Updated: 12:31 am.