Meth Project Foundation joins The Partnership at Drugfree.org
The Partnership at Drugfree.org announced Wednesday that the Meth Project Foundation will join The Partnership’s national efforts to reduce substance abuse among teens. The Partnership will take over the management of the Foundation’s creative assets, prevention tools, and family of websites, including MethProject.org. The Idaho Meth Project will continue operating as an independent nonprofit organization, focusing on local efforts to prevent meth use.
The Idaho Meth Project launched in 2008 with a statewide public education campaign as well as a community outreach and in-school program. Since the launch of the Project, teen meth use in Idaho has declined by 50 percent.
“Statistics show that teen methamphetamine use is down 50 percent since the launch of the Idaho Meth Project just five years ago. But according to law enforcement, the supply of meth is on the rise as a result of trafficking by the Mexican drug cartels, putting more teens at risk,” said Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, meth is one of the greatest drug threats to the nation. The agency recently reported that the drug is at its highest levels of availability and purity, and lowest cost since 2005 because of increased levels of meth imported from Mexico, and growing rates of small-scale domestic production.
The Meth Project first launched in Montana in 2005 to address the growing problem of meth abuse. The research-based program had an effect: meth use declined in Montana, with teen meth use dropping by 63 percent, and meth-related crime falling by 62 percent.
As a result of the Project’s success in Montana, the national Meth Project Foundation worked with seven additional states to implement the Meth Project prevention model. Teens are more aware of the risks of using meth, and teen meth use has dropped by 65 percent in Arizona, and 50 percent in Idaho.
(image courtesy: Meth Project Foundation)