PAW PAW, Mich. (WOOD) — Too many times people addicted to meth end up in jail or dead.
That was the path former meth dealer Jewel Dailey was on for 16 years until she was finally able to break free.
Dailey was a meth dealer in Van Buren County, one of the hotspots in Michigan for meth. According to the DEA, there were more meth labs busted in Van Buren, St. Joseph, and Kalamazoo counties than the entire state combined.
For more than a decade, Jewel chose meth over her husband, children, and everything else important to her.
Dailey recalls one incident where she was doing drugs and the cops were down the road, so she grabbed her two kids and took off through the woods. She couldn’t carry them both, and eventually had to put one child down.
“I remember looking back on her telling me ‘Mom, wait for me,'” said Dailey. “You would think that was was enough to change, but an hour or two later, I was back at the house using again.”
It took until the last time she was caught to realize what was at stake.
“I was a mess and it was either do a year in the county or get clean,” said Dailey.
She chose to get clean, but didn’t stop there.
Dailey began working with Freshwater Community Church and helped find 86Meth.org which raises money to help other addicts leave meth behind.
“We can stop it if we stop them from becoming addicts, before they become addicts…that’s where the key is,” said Dailey.
On Saturday, 86Meth.org is holding its annual fundraiser at the Paw Paw Middle School located at 313 W. Michigan Avenue from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a raffle to win a Harley and several other items.