Boulder City Magazine® July 2007 Issue
by Senator Harry Reid
Senate Majority Leader
Nevada's War On Meth
Nevada is first in the nation in many great things. We have a vibrant economy and a growing population. However, Nevada also ranks first in the nation for methamphetamine use, and we must join together to fight this growing scourge.
Boulder City Magazine®
|The Department of Health and Human Services estimates there could be as many as 40,000 meth users in Nevada. In Boulder City, the Justice Court recorded approximately 37 meth cases from July 2005 through November 2006.
This epidemic is difficult to combat because meth is easy to manufacture and can be bought cheaply. Since the drug is made from common household chemicals, it is difficult for local law enforcement to monitor the purchase of the ingredients used to make it.
No Nevadan is immune from the dangers posed by this rampant use of meth. The labs in which meth is made are highly explosive; a lab in the home next door or in the apartment below can have terrible consequences for nearby families and property. More than 50 meth labs were busted in Nevada in 2005, but we know there are many more that have gone undetected. Meth is destroying families and tearing our communities apart.
The key to fighting meth is knowing the signs of abuse. A few of the signs of short-term use include inability to sleep, decrease in appetite, burns, nosebleeds, track marks, and general nervous activity. Long-term use may result in stroke, memory loss, anorexia, and addiction psychosis.
In the U.S. Senate I’m working with my colleagues to fight Nevada’s meth problem. Last year, I helped pass the Combat Meth Act. This legislation provides critical resources to local law enforcement, as well as state, local, and federal governments. It expands the funding available for personnel and equipment for enforcement, prosecution, and environmental clean-up. Perhaps most importantly, the Act provides services for children affected by meth users.
The battle against methamphetamine is going to take a collaborative effort among all Nevadans. Fighting a problem of this magnitude isn’t easy, but we can do it. I remain committed to doing my part and hope you will join me in the fight. If you or someone you know suffers from addiction, dial 211 to reach the Meth Hotline.
Contact Harry Reid at http://reid.senate.gov/
P.O. Box 61901
Boulder City, Nevada 89006
Phone (702) 294-1392 Fax (702) 294-1392
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