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Latest news: 09-21-2010

Effectiveness of Meth Project ads questioned

HI - For the second year, graphic television ads showing actors portraying pathetic and physically damaged drug addicts remind people about the danger of methamphetamine -- but does the scary message work? "It does not prevent future use. They're not effective," Jeanne Y. Ohta, executive director of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii, says of the frightening TV commercial prepared by the Hawaii Meth Project. The project and similar programs in six other states are patterned after the Montana Meth Project, launched in 2005 and hailed by White House drug czar John Walters a year later as "a model for prevention efforts nationwide." Cindy Adams, executive director of the Hawaii Meth Project, says recent studies questioning the effectiveness of the Montana project and those that have followed are mistaken.

Full story, Honolulu Star Advertiser

Okla. kicks off meth offender registry

Edmond, OK - Oklahoma was the first state in the nation to control pseudoephedrine and tie all pharmacies together electronically to track pseudoephedrine sales in real-time. Thanks to a new law, Oklahoma will include meth conviction data in the purchase process to block those seeking pseudoephedrine to manufacture meth, said Mark Woodward, spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, which pursued the law. Woodward said a new meth offender registry, authorized under House Bill 3380, authored by state Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, and state Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, is designed to help reverse a recent rise in clandestine meth lab seizures.

Full story, The Edmond Sun

Ind. meth inmates costing taxpayers millions

Vigo County, IN - Prison inmates are costing taxpayers millions in the Hoosier state. The growing methamphetamine problem is becoming a growing budget problem. Their extensive medical needs and addiction continues to land them back behind bars costing more than ever. "Now we're paying the cost for being diligent good police officers for finding what was bad for the public," Vigo County Sheriff Jon Marvel said. In the past six years, it has cost Hoosier taxpayers $7.2 million to cover an average 30 day jail stay for meth addicts.

Full story, WTHI-TV

Miss. county gets $350,000 to fight meth

Pascagoula, MS - In 2008, 55 percent of methamphetamine labs cleaned up in the state were in Jackson County, according to data the county used to apply and garner a $350,000 meth grant. The county supervisors approved acceptance of the grant Monday, and the funds will be released to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department on Oct. 1. According statistics compiled by the Narcotics Task Force of Jackson County, the meth arrests and lab seizures are continuing to spiral upward. The task force reported in the application that there were 222 meth arrests from 93 cases in 2009.

Full story, The Mississippi Press

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