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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 5, 2006
John Tennis, Public Information Manager, 360-709-3073 C-360-239-5350

Meth Related Training Offered to Hotel/Motel Managers

OLYMPIA – Hotel and motel staff in Thurston County are invited to a special free workshop to understand the methamphetamine-related issues they may face.  As most people are aware, labs to make meth can be set up almost anywhere.  Past experience has shown that hotels and motels are frequently used to manufacture this highly addictive and destructive illegal drug.  For hotel and motel managers, this means the very real possibility of explosion or fire, and the extreme contamination of property from the toxic chemicals used.  In addition to the danger to guests and employees, it can also mean expensive clean up before the space can be occupied again.

With these challenges in mind, the Thurston County Methamphetamine Coalition and TOGETHER! are sponsoring a free workshop for Hotel and Motel Managers and staff on Wednesday, May 31st from 12:30-3:00pm at the Worthington Center at Saint Martin 's College, 5300 Pacific Avenues SE, Lacey.  Those attending will hear presentations from the Thurston County Sheriff's Office Street Enforcement Team, WA State Department of Health, and Thurston County Environmental Health. Lunch will be provided. 

Topics will include-

  • How to recognize a meth user.
  • What ingredients go into the manufacture of methamphetamine.
  • What a lab might look like if it is set up at a hotel/motel.
  • How to work with law enforcement agencies if you have a problem.
  • What goes into the cleanup of your hotel or motel if you discover a lab.

Seating is limited, so please call Kathy at 360-493-2230 ext. 16 or email at kraettig@thurstonTOGETHER.org  for reservations or to answer your questions regarding the event.

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3