NATIONAL METHAMPHETAMINE TRAINING & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER
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the public arena
Town meetings, school boards, regional conferences, state lawmakers
Urgency can be the friend of those trying to reduce the demand for methamphetamine in their community, region or state.
Much as the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 spurred a rush to secure our homeland, the spread of a menacing drug like methamphetamine should help promote action in any area.
Most citizens were unaware of the hazards they might confront in public places where chemicals may have been dumped or even illicit labs that may be located near their residence, work place, or areas of recreation. Besides the direct hazards these represent, the greater impacts are the social implications of criminal activity, child neglect, and related effects of drug use and trafficking in the community.
Once you have collected evidence of the drug's arrival and statistics about its impact, get the word out in as many was as possible. Use conventional methods such as mail or e-mail, local meetings or hearings at the state legislative level. Also try less convention methods and don't be afraid to spread the word on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.
Community members need to know what's happening and with something as volatile as meth, they have to know quickly. As noted on another page, included in the message must be information about the drug and its impact on a community -- how it's made, its powerfully addictive nature and how quickly it can spread.
Key to further success against meth will be the formation of organizations and consistent and regular exchange of information between them, law enforcement, treatment specialists and lawmakers.
The meth landscape seldom stands still, neither should those who work against it.