FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 29, 2006
Contact: Casey McEnry
Methamphetamine Awareness Day Events Represent
on the Dangers of “Meth”
NOV 29 -- SAN FRANCISCO — On
Thursday, November 30, the Department of Justice, along with federal,
local officials and leaders, will sponsor
the first National Methamphetamine Awareness Day, the largest single
nationwide education effort to date warning against the dangers of using
meth. On Nov. 27, President George W. Bush issued a proclamation declaring
Nov. 30, 2006 to be National Methamphetamine Awareness Day as part of
a nationwide effort to further educate the American public about the
effects of methamphetamine abuse on American families and communities.
Education and public outreach are at the heart of the national drug control
strategy, and National Methamphetamine Awareness Day will play an important
role in highlighting nationwide efforts to increase awareness and decrease
demand of this highly addictive and dangerous drug.
As part of National Methamphetamine
Awareness Day, the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) San Francisco and the United States
Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of California will host
a presentation to approximately 50 students at the School Of The Arts,
located at 555 Portola Drive, San Francisco. The presentation will educate
the students on the dangers of methamphetamine use and give them the
necessary tools to make productive life choices.
Methamphetamine is highly addictive and destructive, and while its appearance
at times can look crystal clear, there is only one thing clear about
the drug…..its effects. Today is an opportunity to educate our
bay area communities about the full impact of this dangerous drug,” stated
DEA Special Agent in Charge Javier F. Pena.
Awareness Day is a coordinated effort not only to reach potential meth
users with a message of prevention, but
to educate current users about the programs available to them. In order
to increase the impact of this message, the Department has partnered
with a number of federal, state and local governments, as well as with
private sector and non-profit entities, including the U.S. Department
of Labor; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; U.S. Department
of Interior; Office of National Drug Control Policy; the Drug Enforcement
Administration (DEA); the Partnership for a Drug-Free America; Boys & Girls
Clubs of America; Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America; Fraternal
Order of Police; National District Attorneys Association; National Association
of Attorneys General; National Sheriffs’ Association; International
Association of Chiefs of Police; National Organization for Victims Assistance;
Inter-Association Task Force on Alcohol and Other Substance Abuse Issues;
American Council on Education; National Association of Student Personnel
Administrators; American College Health Association; Association of Fraternity
Advisors; and the National Panhellenic Conference.
As part of our
ongoing effort to combat meth use, the Department of Justice created
a model methamphetamine
educational presentation that
to the public to be used by law enforcement, community groups and local
leaders in addressing meth use in their communities.
Additional events led by state and local officials and community leaders
will also take place around the nation. For information about these
events, please contact the Department of Justice Office of Intergovernmental
and Public Liaison at 202-514-3465.