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Former users, manufacturer talk about their experiences with meth

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The only time Christopher Smalley used meth, scared him so much, he knew he didn’t want to go back.

"It caused me to freak out. Think everybody was trying to hurt me," Smalley said. "I flipped over a 900-pound dresser on its side and sat on top of it for two days."

But Smalley said the drug’s addiction was strong.

"Even just one time made me want to go right back to it," Smalley said.

Smalley served two tours in Afghanistan and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. He said he turned to drugs to take the pain away.

"Anything to get you out of this world. To put you into a state of happiness. To kind of give you a peace that you can't find," Smalley said.

But, he knew that path would ultimately kill him. So he turned Reformer's Unanimous and he hasn't used in five months.

Jacob Ford, another member of Reformer’s Unanimous said meth is nothing to mess with.

"I was used to cocaine and heroin and all the other things but the meth really scared me," Ford said.

It's been ten years since Ford took a hit of meth. Ford used to produce the drug. Telling us he would steal anhydrous ammonia from farms, mixing it with Sudafed.

"A couple of times we almost caught on fire making it. You know because if you don't stir it quick enough it will catch on fire," Ford said.

Ford said the anhydrous ammonia literally takes your breath away. That's why he's shocked to hear of the rolling meth lab bust Tuesday night in Saginaw County.

"It's dangerous enough but going mobile, that's foolish," Ford said.

Smalley said he's found God and said his faith is bringing him the joy meth could not. He urges everyone not to turn to drugs to battle your inner demons.

"For a small period of time it gets you all happy and excited but you start going down a destructive path that just leads to even more sorrow and even more pain," Ford said.

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