NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
November 15, 2006
Contact: Kathleen Larney
  (850) 609-2005

METHAMPHETAMINE AWARENESS DAY NOVEMBER 30TH

   On the street it’s called crank, ice, or rocket fuel - but it’s actually a toxic, addictive, hard-core drug that’s cheaper than cocaine and often creates violent behavior.

    The U.S. Department of Justice has declared November 30th as National Methamphetamine Awareness Day. Visit the official web site at http://www.usdoj.gov/methawareness/.

    So in an effort to educate the community about the dangers of methamphetamine, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit and the Okaloosa County Anti-Drug Coalition are posting information about meth on the Sheriff’s Office website under the Crime Prevention link.

     For instance, did you know that in 1999, 47 percent of meth users receiving treatment were women? Or that meth is highly addictive because the body builds up a tolerance that typically increases with use?

     So if you’re interested in learning more about the dangers of meth to an individual, a family, and a community – go to www.sheriff-okaloosa.org and click on the Crime Prevention link. You can also contact Crime Prevention Specialist Kathleen Larney at 609-2005.

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