The Meth Project kicked off its annual National Meth Awareness Week from Monday, November 30 through Friday, December 4. This initiative was started as a way to reach the many people in the United States who are fighting against the chains binding them to their use of methamphetamine. The mission is to provide much needed knowledge to communities small and large, young and old as a way to crush methamphetamine before it has the chance to do the crushing.
This year the Meth Project is charging full steam ahead with a full scale digital and social media campaign that is bursting at the seams with invaluable messages providing information about public drug policies and offer a way out of the darkness methamphetamine can bring through community outreach programs.
These important messages will be blasted across the country through any channels possible as a way to shatter the silence surrounding drug abuse as a collection call to action is called, begging for everyone to “Raise the Volume.” The volume will indeed be raised thanks to the partnerships and dedication brought forth by Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. These states as well as the many supporters of National Meth Awareness Week will join together for one week to raise their collective voices in support of all whose voices are silenced by the devastation meth so often brings.
Over 600,000 people in the United States has used one of the worst synthetic drugs ever introduced to the world, methamphetamine. As a result of staggering usage rates, there has been well over 100,000 admissions into substance abuse treatment centers and anywhere between $16.2 and $48.3 billion a year to cover the substantial financial strain placed on heath care, foster care/adoption services and criminal justice costs.
“Meth is highly addictive and we need to address the devastating effects abuse of the drug can have on our youth and nation,” said Marcia Lee Taylor, President and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. “Meth Awareness Week offers a vital opportunity to educate families and members of the community about the risks of this potentially lethal drug and help encourage teens to make healthy decisions without the use of drugs or alcohol.”
To learn more about Meth Awareness Week, visit the Meth Project Facebook page and feel free to jump into the conversation with us as we “Raise the Volume” on the Health Street Facebook and Twitter pages with the hashtag: #NationalMethAwarenessWeek