While we are making great strides in improving community safety, methamphetamine continues to challenge local and state justice agencies and tribal communities nationwide. To win the fight against methamphetamine, communities need a toolbox of resources, including promising and effective strategies. BJA provides information and resources to communities to address this complex problem, including prevention and education programs as well as support for enforcement efforts including investigative strategies and state and local drug task forces. Through our partnerships with the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Drug Enforcement Administration, BJA is committed to fighting this devastating problem by supporting effective prevention, education, treatment, and enforcement strategies.Meth Prevention and EducationAs first responders, law enforcement officers can play an important role in informing the public about the dangers associated with meth use.Through a BJA-funded project with the Partnership for a Drug-Free America (the Partnership), law enforcement agencies across the nation are collaborating with other stakeholders to educate their communities about the dangers of meth and provide information, tools, and resources to educate and empower concerned citizens to address this threat in a proactive and informed way.
BJA encourages you to visit the websites today to find programs in your area, become a facilitator, or download training tools and resources. All materials are free of charge. The Partnership is also developing modules for different types of drugs of abuse so that these programs can be customized to address the greatest drug threats in a community.
Improving Outcomes Through Problem-SolvingMeth addiction is treatable and through the Drug Court Program and other problem-solving initiatives, BJA has placed a priority on enhancing access to treatment resources. Problem-solving courts in particular provide the added accountability, treatment and service coordination needed to address meth addiction.
In May 2005, BJA released Drug Courts: An Effective Strategy for Communities Facing Methamphetamine, which provides an overview of the debilitating effects of meth abuse, examples of successful drug court programs, and policy recommendations for implementing drug courts that specifically target meth users.
BJA has partnered with the American Probation and Parole Association to develop supervision strategies for meth-addicted offenders who are returning to the community following incarceration. This added accountability from courts, probation, and law enforcement is central to effectively managing and treating a meth-involved offender.Protecting Drug Endangered ChildrenMany professionals have witnessed the devastating effects experienced by children living in homes where meth is being manufactured and used. As a result, multidisciplinary teams comprising law enforcement, social services, medical providers, and prosecutors have emerged to jointly protect and secure the interests of the child victims while building cases against those who commit crimes. BJA has partnered with the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (NADEC) to support communities throughout the nation in building and sustaining these multidisciplinary partnerships at the state and local level.NADEC has released a series of DEC-related fact sheets and other publications.
Read BJA's Fact Sheet Combating Methamphetamine Abuse.
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Meth Precursor Tracking SystemsBJA recently released a solicitation for a program to support states in their efforts to set up methamphetamine precursor tracking systems and to encourage and support planning for interconnectivity between state systems. BJA recently made an award of $500,000 to the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) to: 1) provide proactive, comprehensive, user-friendly training and technical assistance (TTA) services; 2) administer federal funds including pass-through or subcontract arrangements; 3) develop uniform protocols for the assessment and delivery of TTA, as well as tracking, evaluation, and follow-up; 4) use TTA strategies that include developing tools and resources for grantees, such as distance learning, peer-to-peer consultations, onsite technical assistance, and ongoing technical assistance by phone and e-mail; and 5) plan and host national meetings. More information on this program will soon be available.
Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS): Drugs and Crime Facts
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (DEC)
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA): National Clandestine Laboratory Register
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