A Menace to Society
Today is National Methamphetamine Awareness Day and Rep. Larsen is a co-chair of the Congressional Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine
Methamphetamine is a highly dangerous drug that is wreaking havoc on families and communities across our country. The popularity of meth is spreading. While domestic production has decreased, two-thirds of our nation’s meth supply is coming from overseas.
This drug is more dangerous than any other drug on our streets today. It is a chemical cocktail that leaves behind a wake of destruction. It impacts every aspect of our communities – our neighborhoods, our businesses, the environment, and our children.
Without educating our kids and young adults about the dangers of meth use and adequately treating those who are addicted, we’ll never abolish meth from our communities.
Washington state is a leader in the fight against methamphetamine, and has created a model for other states to follow.
Now the federal government must treat this problem with the same urgency and commitment that we have seen at the state and local level. We need to stand next to state leadership and law enforcement in the fight against this epidemic to ensure safe neighborhoods that are free from the dangers of meth.
As a co-chair of the Congressional Caucus to Fight and Control Methamphetamine, I worked hard to pass the Combat Meth Epidemic Act – the first-ever comprehensive anti-meth legislative to be signed into law. This piece of legislation is a step in the right direction, but there is more to be done.
Today, and every other day of the year, I stand committed to fighting the problem of methamphetamine.
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