Diego County Methamphetamine Strike Force
Methamphetamine is a
dangerous and persistently used stimulant that has created havoc in our
region's emergency rooms, jails, psychiatric settings, and homes. In March
1996, San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob encouraged the Board of
Supervisors to authorize the formation of a multi-disciplinary Methamphetamine
Strike Force. Included in the Meth Strike Force is a Media Action
Team to communicate through the mass media the growing problem of meth.
Communities Against Substance Abuse coordinates the Media Action
Team, which works with the news media to spread the word about methamphetamine,
generating public support of solutions, and advance policy goals. We also
promote the use of the Meth Strike Force Hotline 1-877-NO2-METH
(1-877-662-6384) for people to call with anonymous tips for law enforcement
and to seek help from treatment professionals.
Successful media advocacy campaigns have:
to the expansion of San Diego County's Drug Court program that
successfully rehabilitates more non-violent criminal drug offenders
than any other drug treatment program in San Diego County.
Drug Courts have achieved some of the lowest recidivism rates
in the nation. Thanks to these media advocacy efforts, which included
news events, feature stories, opinion-editorials and letters to the
editor, the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors recently
voted to expand Drug Courts, providing drug treatment to every
non-violent drug offender in San Diego County.
Support for increased funding for California's Drug Endangered
Children Program that removes children living in meth-exposed
environments. Working with the County of San Diego District Attorney's
Office, we held an official press conference, authored opinion-editorials
and letters to the editor, and pitched numerous feature stories to
San Diego media on the benefits of the DEC program. The media
campaign created favorable public opinion that encouraged California
State Legislators to approve increased funding for DEC by as
much as $10 million for 2001.
For more information
click here. Or visit the Methamphetamine
Strike Force Website