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... According to a recent report "Violence and Rural Teens: Teen Violence, Drug Use, and School-Based Prevention Services in Rural America," the proportion of rural teens who reported ever using crystal meth (15.5%) was almost double the proportion of urban (8.8%) and suburban teens (9.5%).
... In 2004, Lewis County ranked 10th in the state for the number of meth incidents reported per capita to the Department of Ecology.
... Meth-using parents have helped drive a 62% increase in the foster care population over the past decade. In Washington, fewer than 30% of meth-addicted parents regain custody of their children.
"Get the Meth Out of East County" is the East Lewis County Chamber's initiative to deal with the Meth problem in our region. We are addressing the meth problem proactively through collaboration and education, with the intention to develop and implement solutions. This webpage includes links to additional information, resources, events, and activities, and reports on the Chamber's efforts.
Meth Working Group
McKenna bill strikes at meth problem, by Erik Olson, The Chronicle, Jan. 17, 2006
A plan to stiffen penalties for meth crimes, by Karen Johnson, The Seattle Times, Jan. 17, 2006
State Officials Reload In Battle Against Meth, KOMO-TV, Jan. 16, 2006
Driving drugged: a growing problem, by Sharyn L. Decker, The Chronicle, Jan. 14, 2006
Cold-remedy registry cuts meth trade, Oregon authorities say, The Associated Press (in Seattle P-I), Jan. 9, 2006
Group promotes anti-meth project, by Sharyn L. Decker, The Chronicle, Jan. 5, 2006
'Don't Meth With Me', by Michelle Esteban, KOMO-TV, Oct. 7, 2005
White House urged to escalate meth fight, by Brad Knickerbocker, The Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 3, 2005 (on SeattleTimes.com)
Starting Saturday, Pseudoephedrine Goes Behind The Counter, by Michelle Esteban, KOMO-TV News, Sept. 30, 2005
Father sought after child ingests meth, by Sharyn L. Decker, The Chronicle, Sept. 29, 2005
Residents, local leaders consider new ways to fight meth, by Sharyn L. Decker, The Chronicle, Sept. 16, 2005
State Attorney General Takes Aim At Meth, by KOMO-TV Staff & News Services, May 10, 2005
Hotels hotbeds for meth cooks, by Kimberly Hefling, Associated Press, April 19, 2004 (on Cincinnati.com)
Meth & Tourism (PDF format)
East County Meth Working Group (PDF format)
If you are interested in being a part of the Chamber’s Working Group, or if you have resources to suggest for this page, please contact Paul Stewart, Executive Director, ELCCC
State Meth Hotline: 1-888-609-6384
WA State Dept of Health: 360-236-3381
If you suspect Methamphetamine Manufacturing call: 1-888-609-6384
If you need help or information about Meth, Call the Alcohol/Drug Helpline: 1-800-562-1240