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Meth education project heads into communities

Posted: Tuesday, December 02, 2008

The Alaska Meth Education Project announced Monday it has launched a community outreach program designed to raise awareness and reduce demand for the highly addictive illicit drug methamphetamine.

The AME project got its start in 2006 through the Tri-Borough Commission, a partnership between the Kenai Peninsula Borough, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and the Municipality of Anchorage. Not long after, local governments in Juneau and Fairbanks joined the effort to combat the growing problem of meth use in Alaska.

The current focus of the AME project is spreading meth prevention information through community presentations and a statewide media campaign. Called Meth 360, the presentations are the creation of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America and designed to fight the spread of meth, according to a press release Monday from the Municipality of Anchorage.

In 2006, then borough Mayor John Williams along with the mayors of Anchorage and the Mat-Su urged the state Legislature to help fund anti-meth programs.

In 2007, Williams, Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich and Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Curt Menard announced a $100,000 multimedia campaign during a press conference.

Today, the Meth 360 program is funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

The Tri-Borough Commission is scheduled to meet Friday in Anchorage, according to Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey's office.

Carey was not available for comment Monday afternoon.

According to the press release, the Meth 360 presentations will educate residents about the effects meth has on users and the communities in which it is present.

For more information about the Partnership for a Drug Free America and the Meth 360 program, visit www.drugfree.org/meth360. To request a presentation in your area, visit the AME Project Web site at www.alaskamethed.com or call 907-343-6584.



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