Meth Awareness Week Kicks Off November 30

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New York, NY- November 14, 2013– The first national Meth Awareness Week will be observed Saturday, November 30 through Saturday, December 7 in an effort to combat the abuse and use of methamphetamine. Coordinated by the Meth Project, a large-scale, teen-targeted prevention program of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids which aims to significantly reduce meth use through public service messaging, public policy and community outreach, the week will kick off with provocative creative and social content dramatizing the dangerous and devastating effects of meth.

With participation from state partners including Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, the awareness campaign will launch with various local events and enhanced digital media support.

“Meth production, use and resulting addiction have wreaked havoc among individuals, families and communities across our nation,” explained the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids President and CEO, Steve Pasierb. “The launch of Meth Awareness Week is a prime opportunity to engage all sectors of our society to take action to prevent teens and young adults from ever experimenting with meth. While intervention and treatment are vital components to reduce use, prevention is the most effective and efficient step in eliminating the damage done by this destructive drug.”

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, methamphetamine is one of the greatest drug threats to the nation. The agency recently reported that the drug is at its highest levels of availability and purity; and lowest cost since 2005 because of increased levels of meth imported from Mexico, and growing rates of small-scale domestic production. RAND estimates methamphetamine costs the country between $16.2 and $48.3 billion per year in treatment, healthcare and foster care services, as well as the costs of crime and lost productivity associated with the drug.

The research-based program has had a profound effect, first in Montana, where teen meth use has dropped 63 percent and meth-related crime has declined by 62 percent. The success of the Montana Meth Project led to its adoption by five additional states that have seen similar results.

To learn more about Meth Awareness Week, visit The Meth Project on Facebook at facebook.com/MethProject, and follow the conversation online at #MethAwarenessWeek.

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    Chris Doar

    July 13, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    I think that it is a great idea, but it would need to be more mainstream. We should aware parents, family and friends of the behavior patterns of meth users. And also be on the lookout for the chemicals that are used to make it. I know first hand the dangers and losses of meth, and I would like everyone to know that it will take everything from you

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    Danya

    November 24, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    People choose to do drugs. How do you not know that doing substances that alter your state of mind/make you lack full function of your life in general is bad? People KNOW these are bad things – they CHOOSE to do them. No higher education on the subject is going to deter someone from doing drugs if they want to do drugs.

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    gerry kirkland

    November 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    How do I get a hard copy ot the “Meth Lesson”?

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    Sharon

    November 21, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    I hope that this project reaches every state in the US. I live in AZ and my youngest son age 21 is serving time in Tucson State Prison for a non-dangerous crime committed while being high on meth. Maybe if AZ would have had the project my son may have been staying clean at home, not in prison. However, this drug abuse turned my college direction from nursing to Addictions and Substance Abuse.

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    Kathryn

    November 21, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    what powerpoints may be available for education purposes?

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