Legislation would formally designate meth as an emerging drug threat

Legislation would formally designate meth as an emerging drug threat

Legislation recently introduced in the U.S. Senate would formally declare methamphetamine use an emerging drug threat.

The Methamphetamine Response Act also would require the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to create a plan to combat meth use and prevent overdoses. The plan would be required to include increased access to evidence-based prevention and treatment programs, support for anti-meth law enforcement programs, data on the current availability of and demand for the drug, and a full assessment of the threat meth poses.

ONDCP also would identify and develop goals for reducing supply and demand, goals for expanding the availability and effectiveness of treatment and prevention programs, and create metrics for reaching these goals. The agency would determine the funding needed to implement the plan and would implement a media campaign.

“Meth use is already a serious problem in Montana, and we need every resource available to fight back,” U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), who cosponsored a bill, said. “This bill will give Montana officials more tools to use in the battle against meth abuse and help keep the drug off the streets while giving families across our state access to the prevention programs and treatment they need to get back on their feet.”