State Officials Launch New Campaign Aimed at Meth

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Sacramento-area Drug Counselor Kimberly Lund has been Meth free for twelve years—but says her caseload is packed with those still addicted.  

“Eighty percent of my caseload is methamphetamine users…”

State officials talked about their upcoming ten-million dollar campaign targeting young people—among others-- as part of Methamphetamine Awareness Day. Kent Shaw with the state’s Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement says controls on products with pseudoephedrine— found in cold medicine and used to make meth are helping.  But he says the drug’s makers are resourceful. 

 “About fifteen years ago there was a manufacturing process that used other substances, and we see that resurgence coming in now, because of the unavailability of pseudoephedrine…”

State officials say they’re concerned that the issue has dropped below the radar in terms of public awareness.