NATIONAL METHAMPHETAMINE TRAINING & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER
Get organized: Just what is the problem?
Collect the data:
As stated on the previous page, research and analysis are a key task for the prevention teams. In order to properly allocate your resources, you must establish where they are needed.
Also consider making contact with similar teams in other regions or states. Washington state has a particularly well-developed network of meth action teams. Contact information is available by clicking here.
Data collection review team
Members of this critical group will locate as much available information on substance abuse problems in the community. Information is available from local law enforcement, the local prosecutor or state attorney general's offices, schools that have adminstered threat assessment surveys.
Examples of available data:
- Patterns of neighborhood drug use
- Police data on drug arrests
- Emergency room admissions
Define your local situation:
Information can tell you a lot about your community. Police or prosecutors can help isolate populations of abusers and where they live or congregate to use meth. Examples:
- Particular area of the county may have a propensity for clandestine labs
- Certain schools may show higher incidents of use
- Specific neighborhoods could show a greater rate of meth arrests
Once the information is in hand and has been analyzed, the local meth team can define target population for reduction/prevention.