Federal Government Targets Meth Use

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, November 30, 2006

Federal officials say American Indian communities have rates of methamphetamine abuse substantially higher than other groups.
The Department of the Interior is launching a campaign, including billboards and public service announcements aimed at the Indian community, to warn of the dangers of meth use.
But Eduardo Duran, a Sacramento region psychologist who works with Indian tribes, says education isn’t enough:
We need to ameliorate the poverty and the hopelessness, and give other opportunities, so people can have a good life without having to resort to addiction.
Duran says high unemployment, poverty and other social ills are rampant on many Indian reservations and can cause American Indians to turn to meth.