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SEATTLE - About 40 percent of the state's annual dental budget for prisoners goes toward repairing or removing the teeth damaged by methamphetamine. That's about five (m) million dollars out of the Washington Department of Corrections' twelve (m) million dollar inmate dental budget. Doctor Mike Morton, who runs the Corrections Department's dental services, estimates that more than 30 percent of the state's 17-thousand prison inmates suffer severe tooth decay because of meth use.
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