News Release
November 6, 2006
Contact No: 202-514-2007

Department of Justice to Sponsor National Methamphetamine Awareness Day on November 30, 2006
Partners Include Federal, State and Local Governments, along with
Private Sector and Non-Profit Organizations Nationwide

NOV 6 -- WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice today announced that it will sponsor National Methamphetamine Awareness Day on Nov. 30, 2006, in order to generate awareness about the damaging effects of meth abuse on individuals, families and American 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 the nationwide efforts to increase awareness and decrease demand of this highly addictive and dangerous drug.

As part of National Methamphetamine Awareness Day, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales will host a national event with federal, state, local and community leaders to discuss the broader impact that meth production and use is having on our communities. Across the nation, U.S. Attorneys, along with state and local leaders, will coordinate a variety of educational events targeting their specific communities.

National Methamphetamine Awareness Day is a coordinated effort not only to reach potential meth users with a message of prevention, but also to educate current users about the programs available to them. In order to increase the impact of this message, the Department is partnering 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; the Partnership for 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; American Council on Education; National Association of Student Personnel Administrators; and the National Panhellenic Conference.