For the past several years, the Snohomish County Meth Action Team has worked very hard to educate and inform the community on the methamphetamine epidemic and the problems associated with it. Most recently, the Youth Meth Summit Committee hosted its fourth annual Youth Meth Summit at the Everett Events Center, with more than 1,200 middle and high school youth present to hear the message “Don’t Meth Around” and drugs are dangerous. The summit offers demonstrations, testimonials, education, motivational speakers, alternative positive activities, contests, music, prizes, food and a clear message that nothing good can come from using meth or other drugs.
The Meth Action Team has been working with retailers (specifically those who sell items used in the manufacturing of meth) through the Meth Watch Program. This program helps retailers curb theft in their stores and focuses on creating awareness of why certain products are purchased or stolen in abnormally large quantities, such as cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, the most critical ingredient in the production of meth. The Meth Watch Program is designed to limit the accessibility of products used to cook meth, strengthen partnerships with law enforcement and raise general awareness of the meth problem in our community.
Members of the Meth Action Team are diligently educating our community on the hazards and effects of meth use, through presentations to hotel/motel management, school drug awareness events, Realtors, mail carriers, utility employees, neighborhoods and service organizations. Meth is not just another recreational drug. It is extremely addictive and destructive and the consequences of drug abuse pose an enormous challenge for our nation for years to come.
If you would like to help the SCMAT in its efforts to curb meth use in our county, with contributions of money, time, expertise or resources, please contact the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office or SCMAT Coordinator Beth Kerwin at 425-239-1956.
Beth Kerwin, Coordinator