NATIONAL METHAMPHETAMINE TRAINING & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER
Latest news: 08-03-2010
Mexico’s efforts to control meth reduces treatment admissions
AZ - New research shows methamphetamine is most potent near the border and that laws limiting the purchase of meth-making chemicals are working. Those are among the findings of James Cunningham, a social epidemiologist and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Arizona. He and his research partners in Mexico are part of a new push to use data to evaluate the drug war. "The government is spending billions, and we really don't know what the outcomes are," Cunningham said.
Task force expects less funding, heavier reliance on money from seized items
AL - Members of the Calhoun-Cleburne Drug and Violent Crime Task Force spend most of their time seizing illegal drugs like methamphetamine, crack cocaine and marijuana. But now task force commander Lt. Chris Roberson is crunching numbers in his spare time. That’s because the task force will receive about $325,000 less in state funding than it did last year — largely because federal stimulus dollars have run out. State and local funding combined with condemnation funds — money the task force confiscates during drug busts or pockets from the auction of confiscated items such as cars — helps the team pay salaries for its five full-time members, plus an investigator stationed at the Drug Enforcement Administration in Birmingham.
Montana teen meth use drops
MT - The Montana Meth Project appears to be making a mark on Montana teens; for the first time in nearly 20 years, the rate of teen meth use in Montana has dropped below the national average. Meth use among Montana teenagers dropped nearly 33% from 2007 to 2009, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. In 2007, the usage rate in Montana was 4.6%; by 2009, the number had dropped dropped to 3.1%.