Controlling a CrisisFrom meth’s introduction as a deadly drug phenomenon, to the hard lessons families learn about addiction, to a grass roots community campaign to control a meth crisis, CRANK: Darkness on the Edge of Town offers an anatomy of one town’s waking nightmare to mirror America’s struggle with methamphetamine.
A Unique Storyline
The small town of Cookeville, TN (pop. 25,000) was only the third municipality in the US to pass a local ordinance to control the sale of meth’s precursor cold medicines. Witnessing a change for the better, citizens then launched a three-year fight against retail drug lobbyists and complacent lawmakers to enact similar state laws and slow meth’s diabolic spread. The ripple effect of their effort is felt even today, evident in the recently passed national precursor law.
Emotive interviews with addicts, their parents and their children
Narrated by Singer/Actor Rita Coolidge, CRANK: Darkness on the Edge of Town measures meth’s devastation utilizing police raid video, TV-news tape and interviews with experts from the DEA’s El Paso Intelligence Center, the Vanderbilt Burn Clinic, UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Program, and the National Jewish Medical Center, along with eye-opening, first-hand accounts of first responders, local law enforcement, ER physicians, jailhouse dentists, and truly and emotive interviews with addicts, their parents and their children.
Home meth labs spread like a deadly virus
The mid-1990’s introduction of clandestine meth labs into rural Appalachian communities blindsided authorities as home meth labs spread like a deadly virus. The introduction 12 years ago of home meth labs into Tennessee mountain communities blindsided authorities as meth labs spread like a deadly virus; by 2004 Tennessee accounted for 75% of all meth labs busted in the southeastern US as authorities removed over 700 Tennessee children from their parents in meth-related incidents.



This program takes a hard look at a sobering subject
As educational as it is compelling, this program takes a hard look at a sobering subject. Americans believing that meth has not yet affected their community are probably wrong; for those who are still right, it’s coming. In some communities meth has been rampant for so long it is not considered epidemic, but endemic—like beer and cigarettes.

Until we raise a generation of kids uninterested in meth, the problem will haunt us. As Cookeville’s Police Chief Terry said, “Sure, meth is a police problem… but it’s a social issue.”


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