According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy news release, White House National Drug Control Policy Director John Walters is starting a new campaign that is trying to reach those young adults who are using methamphetamine.
Methamphetamine is a drug that nearly 12 million Americans have tried at one time or another in their lifetime. It is an addictive drug that is taken orally, injected, snorted and even smoked. The street names for methamphetamine is either “speed” or “ice” and is readily available in a crystal like powdered substance or in large chunks to all those who are willing to pay. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, methamphetamine increases wakefulness, physical activity and decreases your appetite tremendously. If used for a long period of time, users can start acting out in psychotic behavior, have hallucinations and are prone to strokes.
Meth users can also become extremely violent and can be very neglectful to their families. Methamphetamine labs are extremely dangerous since the chemicals that are used in the production of meth are flammable and highly toxic. In a recent survey done in 2005 by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, it clearly states that 10.4 million Americans age 12 and older have tried meth. Of 18-25 year-olds, currently there are 200,000 users. With the Anti-Meth Campaign, John Walters will be targeting 18-34 year-old meth users who tend to use the drug much more frequently then others.
John Walters states regarding the campaign that “We’ve made great progress in recent years on the meth problem. Domestic lab production of meth is down and use rates are declining,” he also added “But in certain areas of this country, meth continues to have devastating effects on users, their families, and communities. We must continue to raise awareness about the extreme negative consequences associated with this drug, while providing those in its grip with the treatment and support they need. This Campaign is an important step in our ongoing effort against meth use.”
The campaign will launch this week in eight states, Alaska, Washington, California, Oregon, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. These states are being targeted first since their meth rates are much higher than any other states. The campaign is said to be running through March of 2008 and will extend into four other states, Minnesota, Wyoming, Alabama and Utah. Walters is hoping to get national coverage as well through the media and online resources.
To learn more about the affects of Methamphetamine and the campaign to raise awareness, please visit the Anti-Meth Campaign website at http://www.methresources.gov/
SOURCE : White House Drug Czar Launches New Anti-Methamphetamine Campaign