From left: Task force member Anna Peterson, federal drug official John Horton, Pharmacy Board President Marc Watt and Executive Director Gary Schnabel.
Two state advisory boards have received awards for their efforts to curb methamphetamine abuse in Oregon.
The awards commemorated National Methamphetamine Awareness Day on Nov. 30. The Governor's Meth Task Force and the Oregon Board of Pharmacy received awards from the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The awards were presented at the Federal Courthouse in Portland by John Horton, associate deputy director for state and local affairs for the drug control office, to Anna Peterson, of the governor's task force, and Craig Schnabel, of the Oregon Board of Pharmacy.
President George W. Bush proclaimed the last day in November as Methamphetamine Awareness Day to "underscore the dangers of methamphetamine and reaffirm our collective responsibility to combat all forms of drug abuse."
The U.S. Department of Justice also is partnering with several different agencies to help combat methamphetamine and has created a model methamphetamine educational presentation about the dangers of the drug. The presentation, which tells how to address the drug's use and impact in a community, will be available to law enforcement and community groups.
According to a press release from the White House, the president is proposing to spend $25 million to provide access to methamphetamine recovery services and programs. In August, Gov. Ted Kulongoski, his meth task force and Oregon Partnership introduced training sessions featuring an anti-methamphetamine tool kit. It provides information about the impact of the drug and how citizens can prevent its manufacture and use.
"The tool kits have helped us enlist our most effective assets in this effort – our people," Kulongoski said in a press release. "We have mobilized our communities, and we have worked hard to combat the devastating effects of meth. With a stronger commitment and more intensive effort, we can win this battle."
In 2005, the Oregon Legislature passed legislation focusing on limiting the use and manufacture of methamphetamine. The law requires a doctor's prescription for any product containing Pseudoephedrine, Ephedrine or Phenylpropanolamine. The legislation also addressed toxic waste problems associated with the drug's manufacture and established drug courts.