A former Elkhart, Ind., RV production worker, who went to prison as a result of her addiction to the drug methamphetamine, was profiled yesterday (July 19) as part of an ongoing series on methamphetamine use in Elkhart County published in the South Bend Tribune.
The article was the second in the six-part “meth” series, focusing in large part on factory personnel in RV-saturated Elkhart. The first article, which introduced the series, quoted several sources in the Elkhart County law enforcement and legal arenas who suspected that methamphetamine, which is often produced in home labs throughout the nation, is a problem among factory workers.
Several RV manufacturers spoke with the Tribune in the introductory story, but denied that the problem was as widespread as the newspaper might have intimated, citing a succession of testing and monitoring policies that are designed to prevent drug usage.
In the second installment in the series, the Tribune chronicled a chain of events in the life of Christina Johnson, formerly a team leader at an unnamed Elkhart RV plant, which preceded her three-year incarceration.
She said she “was always tired” during the time she worked in an RV plant and was introduced to methamphetamine, a variant of what is commonly known on the streets as speed, by a co-worker. Eventually, her entire paycheck was going toward meth, which, according to the newspaper, sells for as much as $1,000 an ounce. She accepted her co-worker’s offer to help him sell the drug and was subsequently arrested.
According to the Tribune, Johnson, 45, has returned to the RV workf orce since her recent release and was moving on, having thrown “everything from that life period away.”