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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 13, 2005
Julianna Miljour, Mason County Drug Abuse Prevention, 360-427-1686
John Tennis, Thurston  County  Methamphetamine Coalition, 360-709-3073
Kathy Raettig, TOGETHER! 360-493-2230 Ext. 16

Mason and Thurston Counties Host Methamphetamine Conference

Shelton – Dozens of South Puget Sound officials are gathering this Thursday at a conference regarding the highly addictive drug methamphetamine.  The purpose of the conference, to be held at the Little Creek Casino, is to share information regarding strategies used to combat the problems caused by meth.   John Tennis, of the Thurston County Methamphetamine Coalition, says cooperation is the key to fighting the meth problem  "This drug has so many adverse impacts on the community including addiction, environmental pollution, child neglect, and increases in all types of crime, that it makes absolute sense that we all share ideas on how to improve the situation."  Attendees represent all types of agencies including law enforcement, tribal, treatment, child welfare, prosecution and social services.

Informational sessions planned for the daylong conference include-

  • Drug Court.
  • Environmental impacts of meth labs and cleanup.
  • Safety for emergency responders who may run into a meth lab.
  • Treatment for meth addiction-with nationally known researcher Alice Huber.
  • Fraud and identity theft.
  • Meth and child endangerment.

Julianna Miljour of the Mason County Drug Abuse Prevention Program says interest in the conference demonstrates that the meth problem is still a major challenge.  "We had about 100 spaces for conference attendees and we filled up very quickly.  We have made strides the past few years but we still face real problems from labs, in providing treatment for addicts and in cutting down on meth-related crime."

The Mason-Thurston Methamphetamine Conference is sponsored by Mason County Drug Abuse Prevention, Mason County Meth Action Team, Thurston County Methamphetamine Coalition and TOGETHER!  Funding is provided by the state Department of Community Trade and Economic Development and the Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program.

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3