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Meth task force to meet

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. If you haven’t been negatively affected by methamphetamine in some way or know someone who has, you’re in the minority.That’s one message of the recently established Garfield County Methamphetamine Task Force. The task force, with the ultimate goal of eradicating meth in local communities, holds its first meeting geared towards the public on Tuesday, May 1. Interested members of the public are invited to attend the meeting. The purpose is to educate the people about the drug and its dangers.”Methamphetamine is prevalent in Western Colorado and is moving toward epidemic proportions,” a poster about the meeting says.Assistant District Attorney Jeff Cheney said that meth is unlike any other drug he’s seen in terms of its addictiveness.Tuesday’s meeting includes discussion about the concept and goals of the task force and a showing of “The Meth Epidemic” – a Frontline PBS Special. A professor from Mesa State College who has collected data from a two-year period will present conclusions about the increase and presence of meth locally, as well as possible findings related to the socio-economic status and gender of meth users. The meeting will conclude by asking people to help the task force fight meth by joining one of its several committees.The task force started as a result of a Mesa County meth summit attended by Cheney and others.Mesa County appeared to have taken some positive steps and the response to the summit was, “we’ve got meth issues in our district big time – we need to do something similar,” Cheney said.In addition to a vigorous law enforcement approach, the task force hopes to increase public awareness by getting people involved, contacting the media and visiting schools and other organizations. It also hopes to increase treatment options in the communities. People can help address the meth problem by reporting related crimes to law enforcement and helping users find treatment.One shortcoming thus far has been that people using meth wait until they’re arrested or prosecuted to seek treatment, Cheney said, adding that he’s seen people get in trouble with the law just to get help.The meeting will be held Tuesday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the County Commissioners’ Meeting Room at 108 West 8th Street in Glenwood Springs.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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