Monday, February 27, 2006

Brochure directs meth addicts to singles hotline

The Daily News

Washington (AP) - A brochure offering help and advice to those affected by methamphetamine addiction mistakenly listed a telephone number for an adult singles chat line instead of a drug help line.

About 60,000 copies of 200,000 planned mailers were sent to dozens of Tennessee counties before the error was caught.

"It was an unfortunate mistake," said Wally Kirby, executive director of the Tennessee District Attorney Generals Conference, which sponsored the mailing.

The mailer referred to a toll-free number for a drug hot line operated by the Tennessee Association of Alcohol and Drug Services.

But callers dialing that number heard a recorded message: "Talk to people just like you, 24 hours a day, seven days a week." A female speaker then gave another toll-free number, which offered "hot girls just waiting to talk to you" for a minimum charge of 99 cents per minute.


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