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There's a dangerous secret that's destroying families in every city, town and community across America. Not even Oprah's neighborhood is safe.

In Santa Barbara, California, authorities are removing children from their homes in record numbers because their parents are addicted to crystal methamphetamine.

"Meth has become the new crack," Oprah says. "It's more dangerous because it's cheaper. And [it's] not just in the inner cities. It is the fastest growing drug addiction throughout this country."

Children's advocate Jennifer Mills says that Santa Barbara's foster care system is bursting at the seams. There are simply too many meth-addicted parents and too few foster homes to care for their children.

"I've seen an explosion, especially of methamphetamine abuse, in our community," says Rogelio Flores, a superior court judge in Santa Barbara. "Meth is an equal opportunity destroyer, so we see rich and poor, black and white, tall and short [addicts]."
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