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The Montana Meth Project: Meth Awareness Week

montana meth projectThe Montana Meth Project is an organization that helps raise awareness about methamphetamine use.  What better time to raise awareness than Meth Awareness Week?  With over 100,000 individuals in the nation having used methamphetamine in the previous year, society has seen a growing problem despite the government’s attempt to create a stricter drug reform policy on meth.

The Montana Meth Project Raises Awareness

Having first taken off in 2005, the Montana Meth Project was set in motion with the goal to lessen methamphetamine abuse by showing the real faces of meth.  By reaching out to communities and gathering ideas to take preventive action toward the fight against meth, the prevention program sought to bring hope to the lives that the drug negatively impacted in some way, shape, or form.  Montana is a state in particular that has been affected by methamphetamine with 53% of foster kids being placed under care attributed to consequences of the drug.  To match this staggering statistic, 50% of incarcerated inmates are locked up for the drug while 20% have received rehabilitation for it.  Between the two of these, it has cost the state $66 million a year.

The Montana Meth Project has been working with government officials to diminish drug use and the White House announced the prevention program as a model for the entire country in October 2006 just one year after first being developed.  An art contest entitled “Paint the State” was set up to get over thousands of adolescents and their families to come together against meth by demonstrating their talent.  It was a successful turnout with 660 pieces of artwork sent in from all of the 56 counties in the state.  In addition to this, the Montana Meth Project generated more community activity with the event March Against Meth, where 2,300 teenagers fought for funding by gaining 55,000 petition signatures in 2009 for the prevention program to continue running.

“Meth-Resistant” Cold Medicine

Aside from the Montana Meth Project, other methods for prevention and reduction of the nation’s methamphetamine abuse problem have included limiting cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, the main chemical used to manufacture the drug.  It was recently argued that people should have to be required to have a prescription for the cold medicines, like Sudafed.  This has posed an interesting dynamic debate which questioned if it would be punishing those who do not abuse drugs.  Some pharmaceutical companies – an accumulative estimate of 30,000 in the nation to be exact – have switched brands that produce a “meth-resistant” pseudoephedrine product that does not recondition itself as easily in the process when being created into meth.

Understanding the dangers and risks that methamphetamine pose is important, which is why this particular organization has vowed to continue with their mission of spreading information on the drug to prevent meth abuse.  Drug prevention can begin with gaining knowledge and Meth Awareness Week provides an ample opportunity for that.  Sharing information with friends and family is a pivotal way to continue to get society addressing issues such as drug abuse.

Is someone you know battling a methamphetamine addiction and you’re scared because you don’t know how to help them find conviction over their seemingly hopeless state of mind?  Contact The Watershed today.  Addiction is a gruelling disease that changes a person but recovery from the obsession is possible.

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