New Public Service Ads Target Methamphetamine
In recent years, methamphetamine (meth) has become one of the most destructive and widespread illegal drugs in the United States. It is a highly addictive central nervous system stimulant made from easily acquired household chemicals that can be injected, snorted, smoked,or swallowed. Methamphetamine not only induces violent behavior in addicts, but also threatens the safety of communities where it is produced. Law enforcement has often had difficulties in stopping meth production because it is often produced in vans and trailers that can be easily moved across jurisdictional lines. In addition, most meth addicts have not responded to traditional methods of treatment and punishment. (Source: Drug Courts: An Effective Strategy for Communities Facing Methamphetamine, Bureau of Justice Assistance Bulletin, May 2005, featured on page 3 of this issue.)
Combating methamphetamine abuse requires a variety of approaches. This issue of Justice Resource Update (JRU) features resources that illustrate ways in which OJP agencies are addressing this subject.