Legislation would label meth a drug threat

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Legislation recently introduced in the U.S. House would label methamphetamine an emerging drug threat.

Under the Methamphetamine Response Act, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) also would be required to develop, implement and make public a national plan to prevent methamphetamine addiction and overdoses before they become a crisis.

The plan would be required within 90 days of the bill’s enactment and must be updated annually.

The plan must include five points: how much funding is necessary to implement the plan; an assessment of the methamphetamine threat; short- and long-term goals, performance measures pertaining to the plan’s goals; and strategy, goals, and objectives for a media campaign.
The threat assessment would include the demand for and availability of the drug, and the number of evidence-based prevention and treatment programs and law enforcement programs.

Goals include expanding the availability and effectiveness of treatment and prevention programs and reducing supply and demand.

Reps. John Curtis (R-UT) and TJ Cox (D-CA) introduced the bill.

The bill is supported by numerous organizations, including Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, the National Criminal Justice Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, the Sergeant’s Benevolent Association, and the HIDTA Director’s Association.

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