News Release
December 5, 2006
Contact: Special Agent Dan Simmons,
Public Information Officer
Number: 858-616-4166

Methamphetamine: Just Think Twice

DEC 5 -- (SAN DIEGO) – Today has been declared National Methamphetamine Awareness Day by President George W. Bush. The purpose of National Methamphetamine Awareness Day is to generate awareness about the damaging effects of meth abuse on individuals, families and American communities. Education and public outreach play a major role in increasing awareness about meth while also decreasing the demand for this highly addictive and dangerous drug.

“This day, set aside for national awareness, highlights a problem that this area has been aware of for some time. Methamphetamine adversely affects all that it touches - individuals, families and the neighborhoods we live in,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Alan Poleszak, “the defeat of this scourge can only be realized through a multi-faceted approach involving law enforcement, education and community awareness.”

In an effort to educate the youth of our community - at once our most vulnerable and prized segment of society - the DEA has launched a campaign to make young people aware of the dangerous and addictive qualities of methamphetamine. The DEA endeavors not only to locate and eradicate the methamphetamine in our neighborhoods but also to prevent our children from making choices which will lead to them growing old with methamphetamine – a future of unfulfilled promise and disappointment.

The DEA’s newest website,, is dedicated to spreading the anti-methamphetamine message among our youth and has garnered over 1.5 million hits since its inception. Today we further this message to ensure that tomorrow’s adults are making enlightened decisions today.

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