At each step in the development of an anti-meth group, organizers should remain aware that their efforts can only be as effective as the funding and government support they receive.
All the materials uncovered during any group's continuing
research can be packaged and sent along to decision makers
in the local or state-wide arena. Of particular interest are city or
county councils and the state legislature from whom resources --
though hard to come by these days -- may be obtained.
For meth groups, funding came more easily in the early part of
this century because the drug's spread was wide, rapid and
solidly in lawmakers' consciousness.
While the problem has not gone away, precursor laws at the
state and federal level have curtailed meth lab activity which
gives some the false sense of a problem on the wane.
That is not the case, of course, as more methamphetamine
is smuggled in from Mexico and elsewhere.
This means if meth groups are to make strong arguments for
change and expansion of laws and funding, new material must
constantly be forwarded to the appropriate bodies. In addition,
public pressure can be exerted as long as communication from anti-meth organizations continues.
by the numbers
35 - States passing precursor laws in 2005
6 - States passing precursor laws a year later
12 - States that toughened their laws through amendments
1 - Governor issuing an executive order to curb precursors. Legislators later passed a law