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Methamphetamine: One of America’s Greatest Challenges Presented by: Marilyn Fox and Sue Brown Extension Educators University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension.

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1 Methamphetamine: One of America’s Greatest Challenges Presented by: Marilyn Fox and Sue Brown Extension Educators University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension

2 How can I help? Individual Parent Student Community Member We Can Make A Difference!

3 Goals: Increase awareness of meth use and its production within Nebraska communities. Show meth’s relationship to public health, safety, rural economic development, and families. Compel citizens to take action to help combat this growing problem.

4 Network of Resources: Nebraska State Patrol Nebraska Health & Human Services System HIDTA Task Force Keep Nebraska Beautiful Nebraska Department of Roads Congressman Tom Osborne’s staff

5 What did we do? Developed a community lesson Leader’s Guide Participant’s Manual Strategies for Individuals and Communities Worksheet PowerPoint CD

6 What are our experiences? Types of groups Knowledge and awareness level Strategies implemented

7 Evaluation results: Over 4,000 Nebraskans learned about meth in over 125 different presentations. 16,000 participant pieces were distributed. In a pre-,post-program evaluation, participants showed over 34% increase in all areas of knowledge presented. Almost 74% had never attended a meth education program.

8 Evaluation results: Attendees indicated they would implement at least one strategy. Neighborhood watches Educating others Being more observant

9 Changes Needed: Volunteer Litter Pickup Nebraska’s State Patrol Hot Line Teenage Drinking Problem

10 Hidden Dangers Meth lab operators are now discarding waste materials in ditches and other remote areas of our community. Leaders of scouts, 4-H, church organizations, and Adopt-A-Highway and Keep Nebraska Beautiful groups should be made aware of potential dangers.

11 If you suspect meth activity, Call local law enforcement or the Nebraska State Patrol Drug Hotline at

12 Nebraska Teenage Drinking Stats Source-2003 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey  Ranked 9 th for teenage binge drinking.  3 rd among teenagers that reported driving after drinking.  2 nd in teens that reported riding with a drinking driver.  Over ½ of Nebraska teens reported they currently use alcohol – 6 th in nation.

13 What have we learned? Awareness stage Constantly updating Specializing for groups Never finished Treatment centers Demand Evaluation

14 Powdered Meth

15 Crystal Meth

16 Meth tablets & ecstasy

17 Meth Mouth

18 Ways we are expanding: Community work Schools Continually updating Modeled in other states

19 Questions?

20 Published by University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension Extension Educators Sue Brown Marilyn Fox


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