News Release
November 29, 2006
Contact: DEA Public Affairs
Number: 202-307-7977

National Methamphetamine Awareness Day Events Represent Largest Single-Day Educational Effort on the Dangers of "Meth"

NOV 29 -- WASHINGTON — On Nov. 30, the Department of Justice, along with federal, state and local officials and leaders, will sponsor the first National Methamphetamine Awareness Day, the largest single nationwide education effort to date warning against the dangers of using meth. On Nov. 27, President George W. Bush issued a proclamation declaring Nov. 30, 2006 to be National Methamphetamine Awareness Day as part of a nationwide effort to further educate the American public about the effects of methamphetamine abuse on American families and communities.  Education and public outreach are at the heart of the national drug control strategy, and National Methamphetamine Awareness Day will play an important role in highlighting nationwide efforts to increase awareness and decrease demand of this highly addictive and dangerous drug.

As part of National Methamphetamine Awareness Day, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales will host a panel discussion with leading experts to discuss the impact that meth production and use has on individuals, the environment and communities across the country.  Additionally, over one hundred events will be hosted by federal, state and local officials and leaders as part of the nationwide effort to educate the American public about the damaging effects of meth abuse. 

National Methamphetamine Awareness Day is a coordinated effort not only to reach potential meth users with a message of prevention, but also to educate current users about the programs available to them.  In order to increase the impact of this message, the Department has partnered with a number of federal, state and local governments, as well as with private sector and non-profit entities, including the U.S. Department of Labor; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; U.S. Department of Interior; Office of National Drug Control Policy; the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); the Partnership for a Drug-Free America; Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America; Fraternal Order of Police; National District Attorneys Association; National Association of Attorneys General; National Sheriffs’ Association; International Association of Chiefs of Police; National Organization for Victims Assistance; Inter-Association Task Force on Alcohol and Other Substance Abuse Issues; American Council on Education; National Association of Student Personnel Administrators; American College Health Association; Association of Fraternity Advisors; and the National Panhellenic Conference.

A comprehensive list of events led by federal law enforcement is below.  Additional events led by state and local officials and community leaders will also take place around the nation, but are not listed here.  For information about these events, please contact the Department of Justice Office of Intergovernmental and Public Liaison at 202-514-3465.

PARTICPATING SENIOR DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE OFFICIALS:

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales
U.S. Department of Justice
Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales will lead a panel discussion with federal, state and community leaders regarding the dangers of meth use and what individuals and communities can do to address this very serious problem.  Panel participants will include: Dr. H. Westley Clark, Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell of the Commonwealth of Virginia; Deputy Assistant Administrator Joseph T. Rannazzisi of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; Vicki West Sickels, Research Counselor for Iowa Health in Des Moines, Iowa; and Dr. Nora D. Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse for the National Institutes of Health.  The George Washington University Medical Center is hosting this event. 

Press inquiries regarding logistics should be directed to the Office of Public Affairs at 202-514-2007. 

Deputy Attorney General Paul J. McNulty
U.S. Department of Justice
Deputy Attorney General Paul J. McNulty will participate in a Meth awareness presentation at Long & Foster Realtors in Centreville, Va.  Deputy Attorney General McNulty will be joined by Sergeant James Cox of the Fairfax County Police Department and Eileen McLaughlin of the Fairfax County Public Schools Safe & Drug Free Youth. 

Press inquiries regarding logistics should be directed to the Office of Public Affairs at 202-514-2007. 

Assistant Attorney General Rachel Brand
Office of Legal Policy
U.S. Department of Justice
Assistant Attorney General Rachel Brand of the Office of Legal Policy will participate in multiple events throughout her home state of Iowa as part of National Methamphetamine Awareness Day.  The events will include a press conference with U.S. Attorney Matthew Whitaker of the Southern District of Iowa and Iowa Drug Policy Coordinator Marv Van Haaften in Des Moines, Iowa; a speech to the Iowa Drug Task Force Conference in Altoona, Iowa; a tour of Mercy Rehab Center and Shelter for meth addicted women and mothers in Des Moines, Iowa; and a presentation at the Panhellenic Council meeting at Iowa State University. 

Press inquiries regarding logistics should be directed to the Office of Public Affairs at 202-514-2007. 

Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher
Criminal Division
U.S. Department of Justice
Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher of the Criminal Division delivered remarks at the 3rd Annual Drug Endangered Children Conference on Nov. 27, 2006 in Nashville, Tenn.

Press inquiries regarding details of the event should be directed to the Office of Public Affairs at 202-514-2007.

DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION:

ATLANTA DIVISION       
Atlanta Division Office
On Nov. 30, state and federal law enforcement will participate in a joint press event at the state capitol. Additionally, the State Chancellor's Office will disseminate a mass e-mail to all college students in the state of Georgia.  The Chancellor’s Office has responsibility over all public health institutions and affiliates. This e-mail will inform students of the dangers associated with meth. There will also be several links: one that provides more in-depth information about meth and another that lists treatment resources. See the U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

                                             

Charlotte District Office
On Nov. 30, the DEA and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina will participate in press conferences on three Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force methamphetamine cases.  See the U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries. 

Nashville District Office      
DEA representatives will to participate in a joint press conference regarding initiatives to combat meth in the state of Tennessee.  See the U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

Columbia District Office
From Nov. 27-30, the South Carolina Drugs of Abuse Conference will be held to continue to examine the methamphetamine problems in South Carolina, as well as to address other issues created by illicit drug use throughout the state. Approximately 400 participants, including enforcement officers, judges, social services and attorneys will attend.

On Nov. 28 during the conference, the South Carolina DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Attorney Reggie Lloyd of the District of South Carolina, the Director of the Department of Public Safety, and the Director of the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services will hold a press event regarding National Methamphetamine Awareness Day and the state’s efforts to combat methamphetamine and assist drug-endangered children. See U.S. Attorney section for details and point-of-contact for press inquiries.

CHICAGO DIVISION
Chicago Division Office
 “Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause” is an exhibit open at the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago. On Nov. 30, there will be a special agent speaking with school groups and other visitors about meth in the section of the exhibit that features the Meth Motel Room recreation.  Media inquiries should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

Indianapolis District Office
On Nov, 30, DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Dennis Wichern will participate in an informational briefing at DePauw University with U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks of the Southern District of Indiana, the Indiana Governor’s Office, Mayor of Greencastle, Meth Free Indiana, Drug Free Indiana, and multiple Indiana county law enforcement agencies. See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

Milwaukee District Office 
On Nov. 30, the DEA will make a presentation on methamphetamine that includes setting up a mock lab for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the local media and local law enforcement.  This is a briefing for members of the media on the dangers of methamphetamine, followed by an opportunity to video a mock clandestine laboratory set-up and law enforcement’s response/safety equipment.  See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

Center City District Office
DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Thomas Kelly and U.S. Attorney Rachel K. Paulose will participate in a discussion forum hosted by the Chisago Meth Task Force.  Additional participants will include BCA Superintendent Tim O’Malley, Chisago County Court Judge Robert Rancourt, Hazelden Researcher Carol Falkowski, and others to be announced.  See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

DALLAS DIVISION
Dallas Division Office 
On Nov. 28, the DEA and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas will hold a joint media event regarding the dangers of meth. Two DEA chemists will display a mock clandestine laboratory and demonstrate the dangers of mixing chemicals to make meth.  Special Agent in Charge Capra, the DEA Lab Director Davis, and two Assistant U.S. Attorneys will talk about meth and its effects prior to the demonstration.  Ms. Linda Green-Bennett, widow of Oklahoma State Trooper Nik Green, who was murdered by a meth dealer, and Dr. Kleinschmidt, a toxicologist and director of the North Texas Poison Control Center, will also speak.  See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

Oklahoma City District Office
On Nov. 30, the DEA and the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office will address 350 foster parents and grandparents on the signs and symptoms of drug abuse and how kids hide drugs/paraphernalia in their backpack.  Media inquiries should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

DETROIT DIVISION
Detroit Division Office
On Nov. 14, the Detroit Demand Reduction Coordinator (DRC) made a presentation on current teen drug use issues at a conference for administrators and counselors for alternative high schools from across Michigan.  Methamphetamine was a key topic during the presentation.

On Nov. 29, the Detroit DRC will be participating in the Ferndale, Mich. Town Hall Meeting at Ferndale High School: “Methamphetamine – The Emerging Dangers: There’s Nothing Pretty About Tina.”

On Nov. 30, DEA Detroit will be participating in a Methamphetamine Awareness Day press conference in Lansing, Mich. with U.S. Attorney Margaret M. Chiara of the Western District of Michigan and U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Murphy of the Eastern District of Michigan.  Topics will include Drug Endangered Children issues, and a discussion on the state of “imported methamphetamine” versus domestic methamphetamine in Michigan. See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

On Dec. 1, the Detroit DRC will be conduct a Methamphetamine and Other Current Drug Trends presentation to secondary school administrators and educators from Genesee County. 

Grand Rapids Resident Office
On Nov. 30, the DEA and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan will host an open house for the media at the Grand Rapids U.S. Attorneys Office. See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

Cleveland Resident Office
The Cleveland Resident Office will participate in a press conference with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio on Nov. 30th.  See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

 
Louisville District Office 
On Nov. 30, the Kentucky Assistant Special Agent in Charge and U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky are planning a Methamphetamine Awareness Day press conference. See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

During Nov. 28-30, the Kentucky Demand Reduction Coordinator (DRC) will be assisting with workshops on Methamphetamine’s Drug Endangered Children at the Ending Assault and Domestic Violence Conference in Lexington.  Media inquiries regarding logistics should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

EL PASO DIVISION
El Paso Division Office
On Nov. 30, the DEA, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas, the FBI, ICE, the El Paso Police Department, the El Paso County Sheriffs Department and two Community Coalition Leaders will partner to have a panel discussion on methamphetamine for the media.  The Lab Group will have a mock methamphetamine laboratory on display The DEA and the U.S. Attorney’s Office are issuing a joint announcement to press and area coalitions about National Methamphetamine Awareness Day and encouraging the coalitions to participate. See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

Albuquerque District Office 
On Nov. 30, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico and the New Mexico Drug Czars Office will issue a joint press release about the DEA’s “Just Think Twice” Web site for teens and its new accompanying curriculum available to teachers.  See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

On Nov. 30, the State Drug Czar is also hosting a round table discussion on methamphetamine abuse in New Mexico.  The panel will include the DEA, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the State Drug Czar, and various prevention and treatment professionals.

HOUSTON DIVISION
Houston Division Office
On Nov. 30, the DEA, in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, will give a presentation at the University of Houston main campus Student Activities Center from 11:00 A.M. CST to 1:00 P.M. CST.  The presentation will include discussions about the legal, medical and social implications and dangers of meth abuse. See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

San Antonio District Office 
On Nov. 30, the DEA, in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas, San Antonio Fighting Back, and San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse will make presentations at two San Antonio area high schools and two colleges. See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

Beaumont Resident Office 
On Nov. 30, the DEA, in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas, is planning a one-hour press conference-style presentation at Lamar University, which will include a talk by law enforcement leaders, a former methamphetamine abuser, and a medical doctor concerning the clinical issues of methamphetamine use. See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

Austin Resident Office
On Nov. 30, DEA representatives will be speaking at the Austin High School.  Media inquiries should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

LOS ANGELES DIVISION
Los Angeles Division Office 
On Nov. 30, the DEA and an Acting U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California will have a Meth Awareness Exhibit open to the media.  The exhibit will highlight dangers of meth with a mock meth lab and presentations by the DEA lab, prevention coalition members and possibly a former meth user.  The event will be held at the federal building. Attendees will include law enforcement, political leaders, community coalitions, faith leaders, and students.  See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

Honolulu District Office
On Nov. 30, the DEA and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Hawaii have planned an event at the Ala Moana Shopping Center to highlight meth awareness.  Other federal agencies, state and county agencies, and health providers will also attend.  See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

Las Vegas District Office 
On Nov. 30, the Assistant Special Agent in Charge and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada will be participating in education events around the District.  See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

Reno Resident Office     
A Meth Awareness event at the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony with the Tribal Police Department is planned for Nov. 29.  Additionally, a meth awareness event is planned for Nov. 30 with the Reno Demand Reduction Coalition.  Media inquiries should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

MIAMI DIVISION
Miami Division Office 
On Nov. 30, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, the Miami Division Associate Special Agent in Charge and the South Florida Methamphetamine Task Force will be giving presentations to coalitions and law enforcement agencies and will be addressing clandestine labs and announcing the new law addressing methamphetamine. The event will be held at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami. See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

Orlando District Office
On Nov. 30, the Miami Division Demand Reduction Coordinator (DRC), the Assistant Special Agent in Charge, the Sheriff’s Department, and the University of Central Florida will conduct a methamphetamine presentation at the University of Central Florida.  Media inquiries should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

Pensacola Resident Office
The DEA Pensacola Resident Office, in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida, has arranged presentations with the following groups in accordance with the National Methamphetamine Awareness Day:  the Parents/Teachers Association (PTA) – Escambia County School District and the Gulf Coast Red Ribbon Committee. See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement State Certification/Training Class for new police officer recruits Literature and Demand Reduction materials on methamphetamine will also be distributed to the following locations: University of West Florida – Student Resource/Commons Center, the Health Center and the Campus Police Department Tallahassee Resident Office. 

Tallahassee Resident Office
On Nov. 30, in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida, the Tallahassee Resident Office will conduct Meth Awareness at the Florida State University Campus.  Media inquiries should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

NEW ENGLAND DIVISION
Boston Division Office 
On Nov. 30, radio interviews will be conducted in Boston, Springfield, and Cape Cod.  A television interview with Fox News will be aired on Nov. 30.   The DEA and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts personnel will speak at three area high schools.  See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

Manchester Resident Office 
On Nov. 30, the DEA and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire will hold a press conference to talk about methamphetamine and the recent seizure being prosecuted at office.  They anticipate releasing a video of that seizure as well as setting up a mock lab demonstration. 

Additionally, the Demand Reduction Coordinator (DRC) is working with the State Assistant Attorney General on an event in New Hampshire.  On Nov. 30, several presentations and a press conference will be held in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire.  Participating agencies will be the U.S. Attorney's Office, the State Attorney General's Office, State Department of Health and Human Services and the DEA.  See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

New Haven District Office 
On Nov. 30, a press conference will be held at the Capitol with the Governor, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut, and DEA. The map display from Operation Wildfire, as well as brochures and pamphlets for distribution, will be provided by the DEA.  See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

NEW JERSEY DIVISION
Newark Division Office 
On Nov. 30, the DEA, the U.S Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office are planning a Methamphetamine Safety and Awareness Seminar for First Responders as part of the National Methamphetamine Awareness Day.  This is part of an ongoing program/training DEA Newark is putting on for prosecutors, police and fire officials and trainees, EMT's, health care workers, etc.  See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

NEW ORLEANS DIVISION
New Orleans Division Office 
On Nov. 27, Special Agent in Charge William Renton and U.S. Attorney Jim Letten of the Eastern District of Louisiana will be interviewed about the National Methamphetamine Awareness Day with WVUE (Channel 8) and WGNO (Channel 26) at 11:00 A.M. CST and 2:30 P.M. CST, respectively. 

On Nov. 27, the Times-Picayune interviewed Special Agent in Charge Renton and U.S. Attorney Letten about the methamphetamine problem.  The story ran on Nov. 28. 

On Nov. 29, the Demand Reduction Coordinator will appear with U.S. Attorney Letten on the 12:00 P.M. CST show at WDSU (Channel 6). 

On Nov. 30, news anchor Jill Heazu with WWL will do a story on the morning show.

On Nov. 30, either Special Agent George Cazenavette IV or Special Agent Jason Gill will be giving a presentation at 6:00 P.M. CST at Tulane University.  Also, the Times-Picayune will be covering the Tulane presentation.

Lafayette Resident Office 
On Nov. 30, Special Agent Doug Delaureal and Group Supervisor Ken Babineaux will be interviewed by Suzanne Chaillot, who is a guest reporter for the Daily Advertiser, and the Times of Acadiana. The interview will be on all aspects of methamphetamine and its impact on the local area.

Little Rock District Office
On Nov. 30, the Little Rock District Office is conducting Meth Awareness Training for the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services at the Little Rock District Office Training Room.  Demand Reduction Coordinator Special Agent Keith Warzecha is conducting this training for approximately 50-75 state employees who make home visits for the Department of Health and Human Services.  Media inquiries regarding logistics should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

In addition, on Nov. 30, the DEA Little Rock District Office is assisting the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas on meth awareness training at the Arkansas State University located in Jonesboro, Ark.  The Little Rock District Office will be supplying instructors for this training for Arkansas State University student on this one day training session.  See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

       

Jackson District Office 
On Nov. 30, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi and the DEA will conduct an educational event at the Mississippi College.  The DEA will make a presentation on the dangers of methamphetamine to a student audience. See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

Oxford Resident Office
The DEA and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi will be participating on three press conferences around the District regarding National Meth Awareness Day.  See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

Birmingham Resident Office
On Nov. 30, Group Supervisor Matt Germanowski, along with Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Dimler and Mr. Rob Savage, Commander, Etowah County Drug Task Force, will give a methamphetamine presentation to a school assembly at the Gadsden High School in Gadsden, Ala. Media inquiries should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

Montgomery District Office
On Nov. 30, Group Supervisor Sherri Gonzalez and U.S. Attorney Leura G. Canary will participate in local television interviews. See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

Mobile District Office
On Nov. 30, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama will participate in a Gang and Drugs Conference, where the U.S. Attorney will discuss the growing methamphetamine threat in Mobile and Southern Alabama.  The morning program will be directed by business leaders, civic groups, Weed and Seed participants and employees of women's shelters.  The afternoon session will be a closed-door session directed to law enforcement officers and local prosecutors. See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

NEW YORK DIVISION
New York Division Office 
On Nov. 30, the DEA will host a “Methamphetamine and Clandestine Laboratory Awareness” Training at the Division Office.  The training is open to local, state, and federal law enforcement as well as the press.  The training will include:

    • Methamphetamine: Abuse, Effects and Trends
    • Clan Labs: Recognition, Dangers, Production Methods and Response Protocols
    • Investigation and Prosecution of Clan Lab Cases
    • Overview of State and Federal Laws
    • Drug Endangered Children

The New York Division has compiled a New York-focused methamphetamine brochure which will be distributed to schools throughout the state.  Special Agents will visit schools on that day and pass out brochures to students and teachers and field questions about the dangers of methamphetamine. 

In addition, the Division Office will hold an Operation Red Fusion press conference on Nov. 29 and will announce the training being provided on Meth Awareness Day.

Media inquiries should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

PHILADELPHIA DIVISION
Philadelphia Division Office
On Nov. 8 and 9, the Philadelphia Division conducted three separate programs on the dangers of meth to area law enforcement personnel, school administrators, teachers and parents.

On Nov. 15, the Philadelphia Division hosted and presented a day long meth awareness training conference for law enforcement officers from the Philadelphia area. This conference was attended by 150 law enforcement officers and prosecutors.

On Nov. 30, the DEA and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will host a program "Dangers of Meth" for the citizens of Bucks County.  See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

On Nov. 30, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania will host a Meth Awareness seminar in Erie, Penn.  The DEA will also host a Methamphetamine Awareness training in Duquesne. The training will be for law enforcement and firefighters.  See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

PHOENIX DIVISION
Phoenix Division Office
DEA representatives from the Tuscon area will be giving a presentation to middle school student on the dangers of methamphetamine.  DEA Tuscon representatives will also have a helicopter and a K-9 unit to support the training on Nov. 30.  Media inquiries should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

DEA Yuma is coordinating with Yuma County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) Methamphetamine Task Force to conduct a radio presentation to the community on "Live and Local with Russ Clark" with KBLU AM 560 on Nov. 30.  DEA and YCSO will also be given small blocks of time on FM 95.1 and FM 100.9 to raise awareness in the community we live in about National Meth Awareness Day.

Special Agents Ron Anson and Greg Wales of the Lake Havasu Office will be talking with some of the local youth groups in the area about the dangers of methamphetamine. The youth groups will have an age range between 12 and 18.  The presentations will consist of a PowerPoint presentation, along with questions and answers.

DEA Special Agents Paul Spera and Rene Amarillas will be teaming with local METRO Narcotics Task Force Agents in Nogales, Ariz.  Agents will travel to Calabasas and Desert Shadow Middle Schools where material specific to methamphetamine awareness and life choices will be presented by the agents.

  
Additionally, a joint U.S. Attorney’s Office and DEA press release will be issued to the media outlets in Arizona regarding Meth Awareness Day and promoting the Web sites and event.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIVISION
Denver Division Office
DEA representatives will deliver a presentation at Aurora High School in Colorado where there has been a significant meth problem.  Media inquiries should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

ST. LOUIS DIVISION
St. Louis Division Office 
On Nov. 30, Public Information Officer Shirley Armstead and Demand Reduction Coordinator Robert Hanson will participate in a press conference following the strategic planning session for the Meth Action Coalition at 2:00 P.M. CST in Jefferson County, Mo.  Immediately following the press conference, there will be a community open house with the meth displays from 2:15 P.M. CST to 4:00 P.M. CST.  Community members and organizations will be invited.  Media inquiries should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

Cape Girardeau Resident Office 
On Nov. 30, a DEA Special Agent will speak to a Criminal Justice class at Southeast Missouri State University.  Media inquiries should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

Carbondale Post of Duty 
On Nov. 29, Special Agent Roger Ehler will present a Meth Awareness Program to grade school and high school administrators and teachers in Mt. Vernon, Ill.  On Nov. 30, Special Agent Ehler will conduct a presentation at John A. Logan Community College.  Media inquiries regarding logistics should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

Kansas City District Office 
On Nov. 30, Demand Reduction Coordinator Michael Scalise will set up a booth with meth information and a video presentation on the campus of the University of Kansas.  Media inquiries should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

Omaha District Office 
On Nov. 30, a DEA Special Agent from the Omaha District Office will speak at the University of Nebraska to students enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program.  Media inquiries should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

Des Moines Resident Office 
On Nov. 30, a presentation is scheduled at Grandview College with a constitutional law class, and another presentation is scheduled at the Women's Junior League of Des Moines, Iowa.  Media inquiries should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

Cedar Rapids Resident Office 
On Nov. 30, a Task Force Officer will demonstrate the Drug Endangered Children (DEC) motor home to the Heart of Iowa, a women's drug rehabilitation center in Cedar Rapids.  The motor home is used to respond to drug sites where children are present.  It affords law enforcement with the ability to provide the children affected by the meth drug site with a safe haven.  The purpose is to demonstrate to the public our ability to provide immediate protection to mothers and children two may have been exposed to a meth lab situation.  Media inquiries should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

       

Sioux Falls Resident Office 
On Nov. 30, Resident Agent in Charge Richard Mulholland will make a presentation at the University of Sioux Falls.  He will also set up a booth with meth information and a meth video.    Media inquiries should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

Rapid City Post of Duty 
On Nov. 30, the DEA and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of South Dakota will conduct several meth awareness presentations for students at two high schools.  See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

SAN DIEGO DIVISION
San Diego Division Office
On Nov. 30, a press release will be issued that will discuss the National Methamphetamine Awareness Day and highlight successful methamphetamine cases made in the San Diego area.  Media inquiries should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION
San Francisco Division Office 
On Nov. 30, the Demand Reduction Coordinator (DRC) from the San Francisco Division will speak at the Tribal Child Welfare and Tribal Courts Conference.  In addition, the DRC will conduct two breakout sessions: one on how other communities are attacking the problem and what the Indian Community can learn from them, and the other on Drug Endangered Children, national protocols, and how they may be adapted to the Indian Community.    Media inquiries should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

Sacramento District Office
The Demand Reduction Coordinator (DRC) is working with the San Francisco Police Department to arrange a methamphetamine presentation at a San Francisco High School on Nov. 30.  Media inquiries should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

SEATTLE DIVISION
Seattle Division Office
On Nov. 30, a Meth 360 Community Presentation is scheduled at the University Sunrise Rotary Club for business owners and university employees that serve the University of Washington community. Coalition and presentation partners include: Special Agent in Charge Benson; University of Washington; University of Washington Campus Police; Chief, Seattle Police Department; U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Washington; Tacoma Safe Streets Coalition; the Partnership for a Drug Free America; and the N.W. HIDTA.    Media inquiries should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

Yakima Resident Office 
On Nov. 30, a Meth Awareness Program is being planned for the Executive Board of the Yakima City Council and the Yakima Police Department. Coalition and presentation partners include the DEA, the Washington State Patrol and the Partnership for a Drug Free America.

On Nov. 30, a Methamphetamine Informational Booth is planned at the Mid Valley Mall in Sunnyside, Wash.  The event will be open to the public. Coalition and Presentation partners are the DEA and Washington State Patrol.    Media inquiries should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

Spokane Resident Office
On Nov. 30, a Meth Awareness briefing will be given to the media at the Resident Office.  Coalition and presentation partners include the DEA, U.S. Attorney James McDevitt of the Eastern District of Washington, and the Spokane Greater Substance Abuse Council. See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

Boise Resident Office 
On Nov. 30, the DEA will hold a Meth Awareness and Youth Gang Summit for students, youth, local law enforcement, and community leaders. Presentation partners will include the DEA, the Boise Police Department and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho.  See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

Anchorage District Office 
On Nov. 30, a Meth Awareness Presentation will be given at the University of Alaska at Anchorage to students, teachers, and school board staff.  Coalition and Presentation partners include the DEA, Anchorage School District, The Partnership for a Drug Free America, and others.  Media inquiries should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

Portland District Office
On Nov. 30, a Meth Awareness Presentation will be given at the Oregon Health Sciences Portland University. The target audience includes students from the Medical, Dental, and Nursing programs. Coalition and presentation partners include the DEA, Oregon Department of Public Health, and others.  Media inquiries should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

WASHINGTON, D.C. DIVISION
Washington, D.C. Division Office 
On Nov. 30, the Washington Division Office Reduction Program, in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, will hold a forum as part National Methamphetamine Awareness Day.  DEA Richmond Special Agent Mark James will address the audience during the event.  See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

Baltimore District Office 
On Nov. 30, the DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland will hold a press conference at the U.S. Attorney's office in Baltimore. The U.S. Attorney's Office will address the Combat Meth Act followed by a meth presentation conducted by the Baltimore Demand Reduction Coordinator.  See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

On Nov. 30, the Baltimore Demand Reduction Coordinator and the Headquarters Demand Reduction Office will provide methamphetamine training to the Prince George’s County Health and Social Service employees who conduct home visits.    Media inquiries should be directed to DEA Public Affairs at 202-307-7977.

Charleston Resident Office 
On Nov. 30, the Resident Agent in Charge and U.S. Attorney Charles T. Miller of the Southern District of West Virginia will meet with American Electric and Power Company employees–approximately 100 people–regarding employee safety and related drug awareness and on-the-job issues in West Virginia.  See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

On Nov. 30, the Resident Agent in Charge and U.S. Attorney Miller will also visit West Virginia State University to address criminal justice students and professors and discuss the dangers of meth use/abuse, meth trafficking in the community and the state and federal legislation designed to combat meth manufacture and distribution. See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

Virginia
On Nov. 30, the DEA Washington Division Demand Reduction Program, in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Virginia will host an assembly at the West Potomac Academy as part of National Meth Awareness Day.  The assembly will have approximately 75 to 100 students from local high schools who are participants in various Criminal Justice, pharmaceutical, and law programs.  See U.S. Attorney section for details and point of contact for press inquiries.

ADDITIONAL FEDERAL AGENCY EVENTS:

OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY
Illinois Regional Event
Secretary Dr. Carol Adams of the Illinois Department of Human Services, along with Director Roger Walker, Jr. and Assistant Director Deanne Benos, both of the Illinois Department of Corrections will hold a press conference to mark National Meth Awareness Day.  The press conference will be at 9:00 A.M. CST at the Illinois Department of Corrections in East St. Louis.

For more information about this National Meth Awareness Day event, contact the Office of National Drug Control Policy at 202-395-6618.

Washington, D.C. Regional Event
The Office of National Drug Control Policy will hold a press conference entitled “Making the Drug Problem Smaller: International Cooperation Against Methamphetamine.”  The event will be held at the Foreign Press Center in Washington, D.C. at 1:00 P.M. EST.  The event is for foreign press only.

For more information about this National Meth Awareness Day event, contact the Office of National Drug Control Policy at 202-395-6618.

Oregon Regional Event
The Governor's Meth Task Force and the Oregon Board of Pharmacy will hold a press conference with federal and state officials to mark National Meth Awareness Day.  The event will be held in the U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Ore. at 1:00 P.M. PST.

For more information about this National Meth Awareness Day event, contact the Office of National Drug Control Policy at 202-395-6618.

Idaho Regional Event
The Treasure Valley Alcohol Drug Coalition will hold a press conference to mark National Meth Awareness Day in Boise, Idaho.

For more information about this National Meth Awareness Day event, contact the Office of National Drug Control Policy at 202-395-6618.

Michigan Regional Event
The Office of State Drug Control Policy will hold a press conference with state and local officials in Lansing, Mich.  The event will be held at 10:00 A.M. EST at the Lewis Cass Building.

For more information about this National Meth Awareness Day event contact the Office of National Drug Control Policy at 202-395-6618.

Kentucky Regional Event
Deputy Secretary Teresa A. Barton of the Justice & Public Safety Cabinet will hold a press conference with state officials to raise awareness about the meth epidemic.  The event will be held at 3:00 P.M. EST at the Governor’s Office in Frankfurt, Ky.

For more information about this National Meth Awareness Day event contact the Office of National Drug Control Policy at 202-395-6618.

New Mexico Regional Event
The New Mexico Drug Czar Herman Silva will hold a meeting with federal and state officials at the State Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. at 10:00 A.M. MST.

For more information about this National Meth Awareness Day event contact the Office of National Drug Control Policy at 202-395-6618.

 

UNITED STATES ATTORNEYS:

United States Attorney Leura Garrett Canary
Middle District of Alabama
U.S. Attorney Leura Garrett Canary will participate in local television interviews regarding meth abuse in the Middle District of Alabama. Local stations include: WSFA (NBC), WAKA (ABC) and Alabama Public Television.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Middle District of Alabama contact Retta Goss at 334-223-7280. 

United States Attorney Alice H. Martin
Northern District of Alabama
U.S. Attorney Alice H. Martin of the Northern District of Alabama will participate in educational programs about methamphetamine in several local high schools on Nov. 30. Additional participants include the district attorney’s offices and the DEA.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Northern District of Alabama contact Greg Dimler at 205-244-2001.

United States Attorney Deborah J. Rhodes
Southern District of Alabama
U.S. Attorney Deborah J. Rhodes of the Southern District of Alabama will host a Meth Awareness event and presentation at the Mobile Convention Center from 8:30 A.M. EST until 4:30 P.M. EST. Additional participants will include key federal law enforcement agency heads; the Executive Director of the Drug Education Council; the Executive Director of Boys and Girls Clubs; along with other local officers and partners.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Southern District of Alabama contact Charles McNichol at 251-441-5845.

United States Attorney Nelson P. Cohen
District of Alaska
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska, in partnership with the DEA, Anchorage Police Department, and the District Attorney’s Office, will participate in two educational events as part of National Meth Awareness Day.  First, the U.S. Attorney’s Office will participate in a presentation with the chief pharmacists for each national pharmacy chain serving in the District of Alaska to discuss current federal and state law, policies of pharmacy chains and give an update on prosecution efforts. Second, the U.S. Attorney’s Office will participate in an informational presentation to local college students regarding the dangers of meth.  Additionally, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and their partners will pass out information to at-risk youth in the community. 

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the District of Alaska contact Chuck Farmer at 907-271-4274.

United States Attorney Paul K. Charlton
District of Arizona
U.S. Attorney Paul K. Charlton of the District of Arizona will participate in a radio interview and call-in show in Spanish with La Buena ONDA, KNUV-1190 on Nov. 28, and will participate in a radio interview on KTAR Phoenix FM radio on Nov. 30.  Additionally, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona has partnered with the DEA to host a Methamphetamine Awareness Event at Arizona State University to educate students on the relationship between meth and violent crime and subsequent effects on communities, families and children.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the District of Arizona contact Wyn Hornbuckle at 602-514-7500.

United States Attorney H.E. Bud Cummins III
Eastern District of Arkansas
U.S. Attorney H.E. Bud Cummins III of the Eastern District of Arkansas will host an event at the Arkansas State University on Nov. 30. Immediately following the event, U.S. Attorney Cummins will host a press conference on the progress made in fighting meth production and use in the Eastern District of Arkansas and the problems that still exist. Additionally, the DEA will have their mobile meth lab on hand to educate students.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Eastern District of Arkansas contact Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin at 501-340-2673.

United States Attorney George S. Cardona
Central District of California
U.S. Attorney George S. Cardona of the Central District of California will host an event on Nov. 30 to emphasize the dangers of methamphetamine, specifically the harmful effects of methamphetamine on mothers and children.  Assisting in this presentation will be representatives from state and local law enforcement agencies, women’s shelters and the DEA.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Central District of California contact Timothy J. Searight at 213-894-2434.

United States Attorney McGregor Scott
Eastern District of California
U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott of the Eastern District of California will participate in an event with the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs to highlight the reduction of meth super labs in the Central Valley of California. Additionally, U.S. Attorney Scott will participate in interviews with radio shows in Bakersfield, Fresno, Sacramento and Redding on enforcement, prevention and treatment of the meth epidemic.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Eastern District of California contact U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott at 916-554-2700.

United States Attorney Carol C. Lam
Southern District of California
U.S. Attorney Carol C. Lam of the Southern District of California will host a media availability on Nov. 30 in order to generate awareness about the damaging effects of meth abuse on individuals and families in the San Diego community.  The press event will provide important information regarding the risks to women and children as well as focusing on the physical, psychological and emotional dangers associated with methamphetamine. The event will highlight the numerous law enforcement, prevention and education organizations’ successes in the ongoing fight against methamphetamine trafficking and abuse. 

Additional Participants will include: DEA Special Agent Dan Simmons; Acting Special Agent In Charge (SAC) Alan Poleszak; Assistant Special Agents In Charge (ASACs), 14 Assistant U.S. Attorneys from the Narcotics Enforcement Section, as well as other federal, state and local agencies involved in law enforcement and drug awareness programs; the Methamphetamine Enforcement Team; and the Methamphetamine Laboratory Group. Also participating from the U.S. Attorney’s Office are Timothy D. Coughlin, Chief of USAO Narcotics Unit; Alana M. Wong, Deputy Chief of the Narcotics Unit; Assistant U.S. Attorney Orlando B. Gutierrez; and an additional 13 USAO’s Narcotics Attorneys. Tony Loya, National Coordinator of the National Methamphetamine Chemical Initiative (NMCI), will be available for phone interviews.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Southern District of California contact Timothy D. Coughlin or Orlando B. Gutierrez at 619-557-5610.

United States Attorney Kevin Ryan
Northern District of California
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California will participate in a joint presentation with the DEA at the School of the Arts in San Francisco. 

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in Colorado contact Luke Macaulay at 415-436-6757.

United States Attorney Troy A. Eid
District of Colorado
U.S. Attorney Troy Eid of the District of Colorado will appear on local television morning news programs and author an opinion editorial to discuss the dangers of methamphetamine abuse in the state of Colorado. A breakfast will be hosted by U.S. Attorney Eid and the Colorado District Attorney's Council along with a presentation by a state meth task force regarding the dangers of meth. Additional participants include local, state and federal law enforcement.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in Colorado contact Jeff Dorschner at 303-454-0100.

United States Attorney Kevin J. O’Connor
District of Connecticut
U.S. Attorney Kevin J. O’Conner of the District of Connecticut will hold a press conference at 11:00 A.M EST in Hartford, Conn. Additional participants will include Governor M. Jodi Rell; Chief State Attorney Kevin T. Kane; Connecticut Commissioner of Public Safety Leonard C. Boyle; DEA Resident Agent in Charge Brian Crowell; and Norwalk Police Chief Harry Rilling.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the District of Connecticut contact Tom Carson at 203-821-3722.

United States Attorney Colm F. Connolly
District of Delaware
U.S. Attorney Colm F. Connolly of the District of Delaware will take part in a public presentation regarding methamphetamine at the First State Community Action Agency in Georgetown, Del.  A representative from the DEA will give a presentation discussing several aspects of methamphetamine production and use.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the District of Delaware contact Kimberlynn Reevees at 302-573-6277.

United States Attorney Jeffrey A. Taylor
District of Columbia
U.S. Attorney Jeffrey A. Taylor of the District of Columbia will participate in a public presentation about the dangers of methamphetamine, both for users and the community, as well as demand reduction strategies.  Partners in this presentation include representatives from the DEA, Metropolitan Police Department and the D.C. crystal meth working group.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the District Columbia contact Amy Jeffress at 202-514-7566.

United States Attorney Paul Ignatius Perez
Middle District of Florida
U.S. Attorney Paul I. Perez of the Middle District of Florida will join U.S. Attorney Lisa Godbey Wood of the Southern District of Georgia in a press conference and presentation at the Southern States Investigators Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Jekyll Island Conference Center in Jekyll Island, Ga. The Conference will bring together law enforcement from Florida, Georgia and other southern states to discuss recent trends in drug enforcement, including meth distribution.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Middle District of Florida contact Steven Cole at 813-274-6000.

United States Attorney Gregory R. Miller
Northern District of Florida
U.S. Attorney Gregory R. Miller of the Northern District of Florida will submit an editorial on the dangers of methamphetamine for publication in newspapers throughout the district.  Presentations will be made at Parent Teacher Association meetings and Florida Department of Law Enforcement training sessions. Additionally, the DEA will be distributing demand reduction literature on the campuses of the University of West Florida in Pensacola and Florida State University in Tallahassee.  The Northern District of Florida will issue a joint press release with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and DEA concerning National Meth Awareness Day events.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Northern District of Florida contact Karen Rhew at 850-942-8430.

United States Attorney R. Alexander Acosta
Southern District of Florida
U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta for the Southern District of Florida will host a workshop presented in cooperation with the South Florida Methamphetamine Task Force Group and the Center for the Administration of Justice at Florida International University at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami.  Featured speakers will include U.S. Attorney Acosta, DEA Special Agent Dean Wolpert and Dr. David Fawcett.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Southern District of Florida contact Alicia Valle at 305-961-9000.

United States Attorney Frank Maxwell Wood
Middle District of Georgia
U.S. Attorney Frank Maxwell Wood of the Middle District of Georgia will sponsor a community event on Friday, Dec. 1, to give the public greater insight into the dangers posed by the methamphetamine epidemic. The invitation has been extended to the Rotary Club, Exchange Club, Career Woman’s Network, American Association of University Women and Bibb County Principals and Counselors.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Middle District of Georgia contact Sue McKinney at 478-621-2602.  

United States Attorney David E. Nahmias
Northern District of Georgia
U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias will hold a press conference with representatives from the DEA; Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia Chancellor's Office; Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Human Resources Prevention Services; Georgia Council on Substance Abuse; and the Georgia Foundation on Nov. 30. The event will focus on the dangers that methamphetamine poses for college students. An e-mail will be sent to college and university students in Georgia warning them of the dangers of meth.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Northern District of Georgia contact Charysse Alexander at 404-581-6040.

United States Attorney Lisa Godbey Wood
Southern District of Georgia
U.S. Attorney Lisa Godbey Wood will join with Director Vernon Keenan of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and U.S. Attorney Paul I. Perez of the Middle District of Florida at a press conference and presentation on Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Jekyll Island Conference Center in Jekyll Island, Ga. The Conference brings together law enforcement from Florida, Georgia and other southern states to discuss recent trends in drug enforcement including meth distribution.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Southern District of Georgia contact Dan Drake at 912-652-4422.

United States Attorney Leonardo M. Rapadas
District of Guam
U.S. Attorney Leonardo M. Rapadas of the District of Guam, together with Tony Marquez, Resident Agent in Charge of the DEA and Governor Felix Camacho, will host a public awareness outreach.  U.S. Attorney Rapadas will also be featured on local television station KUAM and will issue a press release on the importance of combating meth.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the District of Guam contact U.S. Attorney Rapadas at 671-472-7332.

United States Attorney Edward H. Kubo, Jr.
District of Hawaii
U.S. Attorney Edward H. Kubo, Jr. of the District of Hawaii and Hawaii Lt. Governor James R. Aiona will hold an event at the Ala Moana Shopping Center. Additional participants will include: Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann; Associate Special in Charge Anthony Williams of the DEA; and the Director of the Anti-Drug Coalition of Hawaii.  The Hawaii State Narcotics Division will set up displays and distribute pamphlets at the event. 

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in Hawaii contact Elliot Enoki at 808-541-2850. 

United States Attorney Tom Moss
District of Idaho
U.S. Attorney Tom Moss of the District of Idaho will host a town hall meeting at Boise State University at 12:00 P.M. CST on Nov. 30 entitled "Why You Should Care about the Methamphetamine Problem."  The meeting will focus on the medical, economic and societal harms of methamphetamine, and its effects on children and families. The one-hour presentation will feature Keith Weis of the DEA, a slide show presentation by Assistant U.S. Attorney Monte Stiles and a panelist who has just graduated from Idaho’s local drug court.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the District of Idaho contact Jean McNeil at 208-334-1211.

United States Attorney Rodger A. Heaton
Central District of Illinois
U.S. Attorney Rodger A. Heaton of the Central District of Illinois will issue a news release highlighting the district’s cooperative role in increasing the local awareness and response to meth production. 

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Central District of Illinois contact Sharon Paul at 217-492-4450.

United States Attorney Randy Massey
Southern District of Illinois
U.S. Attorney Randy Massey for the Southern District of Illinois hosted a methamphetamine awareness class which was open to the public on Nov. 27. Additional participants in this educational effort were members of the Illinois State Police Methamphetamine Response Team and the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Southern District of Illinois contact Ranley Killian at 618-628-3700.

United States Attorney Joseph S. Van Bokkelen
Northern District of Indiana
U.S. Attorney Joseph S. Van Bokkelen of the Northern District of Indiana will have a special informational session on Nov. 30 in South Bend, Ind.  The conference, "Community Analysis Process for Planning Strategies," will involve teams from multiple jurisdictions throughout the Northern District of Indiana consisting of law enforcement, community and civic organizations to representatives from schools, municipal government and the local judiciary.  The purpose of the session is to assist executive teams to develop a community-wide action plan based on needs using a comprehensive strategic approach for addressing crime, violence and substance abuse.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Northern District of Indiana contact James Mesterharm at 219-937-5500.

United States Attorney Susan W. Brooks
Southern District of Indiana
U.S. Attorney Susan W. Brooks of the Southern District of Indiana will host an educational session for college students, followed by a panel discussion and press conference at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind.  Participants will include representatives from the Governor’s Office, the DEA, as well as local partners.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Southern District of Indiana contact Mary Bippus at 317-226-6333.

United States Attorney Charles W. Larson
Northern District of Iowa
U.S. Attorney Charles W. Larson of the Northern District of Iowa with hold a press conference at the Novis Treatment Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa – a future outpatient treatment center for methamphetamine addicts.  The purpose of this press conference is to highlight the “Meth and More” educational campaign that was developed in the Northern District of Iowa to bring awareness to the dangers of methamphetamine.  Additional participants include federal and local law enforcement agents; representatives from the Iowa Office of Drug Control Policy; and representatives from the Area Substance Abuse Information Center and Novis Treatment Center.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Northern District of Iowa contact Bob Teig at 319-363-6333.

United States Attorney Matt Whitaker
Southern District of Iowa
U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker of the Southern District of Iowa will host a media conference at 10:00 A.M. CST at the state capitol in Des Moines, Iowa. Additional participants will include Assistant Attorney General Rachel Brand of the Office of Legal Policy; Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller; Kevin Techau, Commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety; and Marv VanHaaften, Director of the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy. At 12:00 P.M. CST, U.S. Attorney Whitaker will deliver an address at the State Drug Task Force Conference. A visit to House of Mercy, a women’s drug treatment center, is also scheduled.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Southern District of Iowa contact Al Overbaugh at 515-284-6283.

United States Attorney Eric F. Melgren
District of Kansas
U.S. Attorney Eric F. Melgren for the District of Kansas hosts the Kansas Methamphetamine Summit on Nov. 28 and 29 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Wichita Kan.  U.S. Attorney Melgren will appear on Cox Cable Channel 7 in a video-taped ceremony with Wichita Mayor Carlos Mayans, Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams and Sedgwick County Sheriff Gary Steed to receive a proclamation by the Wichita City Council declaring Meth Awareness Day.  The District of Kansas will issue a press release regarding methamphetamine on Nov. 30, and U.S. Attorney Melgren will be available for media interviews.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the District of Kansas contact Jim Cross at 316-269-6481.

United States Attorney Amul R. Thapar
Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. Attorney Amul R. Thapar of the Eastern District of Kentucky will host National Methamphetamine Awareness Day events at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, the Rotunda of the State Capitol, and at the University of Kentucky. Partners for the events will include the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy and the Drug Endangered Child Training Network. Additional participants will include Assistant U.S. Attorney Hydee Hawkins; Law Enforcement Coordinator Danny Smith; Public Information Officer Courtney Yopps; and Cindy Long, Secretary to the U.S. Attorney.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Eastern District of Kentucky contact Hydee Hawkins at 859-233-2661 extension 274.

United States Attorney David L. Huber
Western District of Kentucky
U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky will hold a press conference to discuss National Methamphetamine Awareness Day with DEA representatives at 10:00 A.M. CST in Louisville, Ky.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Western District of Kentucky contact Phil Chance at 502-582-5911.

United States Attorney Jim Letten
Eastern District of Louisiana
U.S. Attorney Jim Letten of the Eastern District of Louisiana will participate in two interviews with four local television stations during the week of National Meth Awareness Day along with DEA Special Agent in Charge William J. Renton, Jr. 

Local stations include: WVUE (Fox); WGNO (ABC); WWL TV (CBS); and WDSU (NBC).

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Eastern District of Louisiana contact Kathy English at 504-680-3000.

United States Attorney Donald W. Washington
Western District of Louisiana
U.S. Attorney Donald W. Washington will be available for media interviews on Nov. 30.  The DEA Shreveport office will give presentations at Northwestern State University (Natchitoches/Alexandria), Louisiana State University Shreveport (Shreveport), Bossier Parish Community College (Bossier City), Grambling State University (Grambling/Ruston), and the University of Louisiana at Monroe (Monroe). 

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Western of Louisiana contact Vicki Chance at 318-676-3600.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein
District of Maryland
U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein of the District of Maryland will host a press conference with representatives from the DEA and local law enforcement to raise awareness about the dangers of methamphetamine, how to recognize it in your community, and what to do about it.  The event will take place at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Baltimore.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the District of Maryland contact Vickie LeDuc at 410-209-4800.

United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan
District of Massachusetts
U.S. Attorney Michael J. Sullivan of the District of Massachusetts will partner with the DEA to make presentations to high school students in Springfield, Worchester and Boston. Participants will include local District Attorneys and Police Chiefs. DEA and U.S. Attorney’s Office representatives from the District of Massachusetts will make appearances on various radio programs in the Commonwealth and give interviews to local television stations.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the District of Massachusetts contact Samantha Martin at 617-748-3139 or Christina Sterling at 617-748-3356.

United States Attorney Paula Silsby
District of Maine
U.S. Attorney Paula Silsby of the District of Maine will issue a joint press release with the Maine Attorney General which will summarize local prevention efforts, including enacted legislation to place pseudophedrine behind pharmacy counters, a National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children Conference, and recent cross training efforts with drug agents and child protective workers.  The District of Maine will also host a presentation at both the Portland and Bangor offices entitled “A Community Partnership Approach to Addressing Methamphetamine.”

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the District of Maine contact Mark Terison at 207-780-3257.


United States Attorney Stephen J. Murphy, III
Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Murphy, III of the Eastern District of Michigan will partner with U.S. Attorney Margaret M. Chiara of the Western District of Michigan in a state-wide press conference. Additional participants include Colonel Peter C. Munoz, Director of the Michigan State Police; Director Donald L. Allen, Jr. of the State of Michigan Office of Drug Control Policy; Deputy Director Mary Anne Solberg of the Office of National Drug Control Policy; Director Abraham Azzam of the Michigan HIDTA;  and Special Agent in Charge Robert Corso of the DEA’s Detroit Division. 

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Eastern District of Michigan contact U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Murphy at 313-226-9100.

United States Attorney Margaret M. Chiara
Western District of Michigan
U.S. Attorney Margaret Chiara of the Western District of Michigan will partner with U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Murphy of the Eastern District of Michigan in a state-wide press conference and will issue a press release for all media in the Western District of Michigan. Additionally, Assistant U.S. Attorney Niles Kessler will participate in a press open house in the Grand Rapids U.S. Attorney’s Office along with the DEA. Press kits will be distributed to tribal newspapers located east of the Mississippi River, and the Battle Creek Weed and Seed volunteers will hold a press conference with Assistant U.S. Attorney Kessler. Additional participants include Colonel Peter C. Munoz, Director of the Michigan State Police; Director Donald L. Allen Jr. of the State of Michigan Office of Drug Control Policy; Deputy Director Mary Anne Solberg of the Office of National Drug Control Policy; Director Abraham Azzam of the Michigan High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas; and Special Agent in Charge Robert Corso of the DEA’s Detroit Division. 

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Western District of Michigan contact Kaye Hooker at 616-456-2404.

United States Attorney Rachel K. Paulose
District of Minnesota
U.S. Attorney Rachel K. Paulose of the District of Minnesota will join a panel of prevention and intervention specialists, including representatives from the Hazelden Foundation, to provide a "meth update" to an audience of 75 community, law enforcement and social service leaders.  The event will be hosted by the Chisago County Meth Task Force.  Speakers will highlight what has been done to date at the state and federal levels to address the meth problem.  They also will discuss the need to develop multi-disciplinary approaches to deal with the problem in the future.


In addition, U.S. Attorney Paulose will join Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Campion in writing an article that will appear on the editorial page of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Nov. 28 to preview National Meth Awareness Day. 


For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in Minnesota contact Jeanne F. Cooney at 612-664-5611.

United States Attorney Jim M. Greenlee
Northern District of Mississippi
U.S. Attorney Jim M. Greenlee will participate in three press conferences with Assistant U.S Attorneys Charles W. Spillers and Curtis Ivy from the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. The first will be held on Nov. 30 in West Point, Miss., at 9:00 A.M. CST. Participants will include the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, the DEA, the West Point Chief of Police and Oktibbeha County Sheriff. The second conference will be held in Tupelo, Miss., at 11:00 A.M. CST. Participants will include the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, the DEA, the Tupelo Chief of Police and the Lee County Sheriff. At 2:00 P.M. CST, a final press conference will be held in Greenwood, Miss., with the DEA, Greenwood Chief of Police and the Leflore County Sheriff.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Northern District of Mississippi contact David Crews at 662-234-3351.

United States Attorney Dunn O. Lampton
Southern District of Mississippi
U.S. Attorney Dunn O. Lampton of the Southern District of Mississippi will sponsor a presentation to students at Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss., and distribute informational materials to local news outlets. Additionally, a press release highlighting recent district activity combating meth will be issued.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Southern District of Mississippi contact Sheila Wilbanks at 601-965-4480. 

United States Attorney Catherine L. Hanaway
Eastern District of Missouri
U.S. Attorney Catherine L. Hanaway will speak before the Missouri Kiwanis Club in Moberly Mo. and the Missouri Teachers Association in Hannibal, Mo., on Wednesday, Nov. 29 U.S. Attorney Hanaway will also speak with AT&T employees in St. Louis on Thursday, Nov. 30.  Additionally, the Eastern District of Missouri will issue a press release outlining the successes of the Methamphetamine Initiative.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Eastern District of Missouri contact Jan Diltz at 314-539-7719.

United States Attorney Bradley J. Schlozman
Western District of Missouri
U.S. Attorney Bradley J. Scholzman of the Western District of Missouri will participate in a series of speaking events to high school students on Nov. 30. Additional participants include local police and narcotics investigators. The Western District of Missouri has partnered with the Oak Grove Police Department, Jackson County Drug Task Force, and Oak Grove High School to raise awareness about meth abuse.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Western District of Missouri contact Gregg Coonrod at 816-426-4234.

United States Attorney William Mercer
District of Montana
U.S. Attorney William Mercer of the District of Montana will conduct a media forum on Nov. 30 regarding methamphetamine prevention, enforcement and treatment. Participants will include: Mental Health Center; the Rimrock Foundation; City Drug Court; County Drug Court; the Montana Meth Project and the DEA. Other event participants include First Assistant U.S. Attorney Kurt G. Alme; Assistant U.S. Attorney Marcia K. Hurd; and Sally K. Frank, Secretary to U.S. Attorney Mercer.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the District of Montana contact First Assistant U.S. Attorney Kurt G. Alme at 406-247-4638.

United States Attorney Joe W. Stecher
District of Nebraska
U.S. Attorney Joe W. Stecher will co-host a press conference at 1:00 P.M. CST with Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman. Presentations will also take place at local colleges and high schools. Additional participants include the Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning; Omaha Police Chief Thomas Warren; the Nebraska State Patrol; DEA and FBI Special Agents in Charge; PRIDE Omaha; and representatives from the North and South Omaha Boys and Girls Clubs.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the District of Nebraska contact Joe Jeanette at 402-661-3725.

U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden
District of Nevada
U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden of the District of Nevada will coordinate efforts between the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the DEA and Nevada’s Department of Public Safety to give educational presentations to schools throughout the district regarding methamphetamine awareness. 

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the District of Nevada contact Pam Martin at 702-388-6336.

United States Attorney Thomas P. Colantuono
District of New Hampshire
U.S. Attorney Thomas P. Colantuono of the District of New Hampshire will host a press conference with the DEA announcing the seizure of methamphetamine. Additionally, panel discussions will be presented at the New Hampshire Community Technical College in Stratham, N.H. and at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the District of New Hampshire contact Linda Tomlinson at 603-225-1552.

United States Attorney Christopher J. Christie
District of New Jersey
U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie will facilitate a program on Nov. 30 involving presentations targeted to first responders who may enter clandestine methamphetamine labs while performing their duties. The program will include a discussion of the meth problem in the United States and the role of the media in assisting law enforcement in combating the meth problem through prevention. DEA meth lab specialists will discuss meth labs in general, with a focus on how to identify a meth lab.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in New Jersey contact Mike Drewniak at 973-645-2877.

United States Attorney David C. Iglesias
District of New Mexico
U.S. Attorney David C. Iglesias of the District of New Mexico will announce efforts to coordinate distribution of the "Just Think Twice" classroom curriculum to New Mexico's schools and tribal and local law enforcement agency contacts within the district. On Nov. 30, the State Drug Czar is also hosting a round table discussion on methamphetamine abuse in New Mexico.  The panel will include the DEA, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the State Drug Czar, and various prevention and treatment professionals.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in New Mexico contact Norman Cairns at 505-224-1521.

United States Attorney Roslynn R. Mauskopf
Eastern District of New York
U.S. Attorney Roslynn R. Mauskopf will participate in a press conference hosted by the DEA regarding methamphetamine abuse and production in the Eastern District of New York. Partners in the event are the DEA and the Suffolk County Police Department.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Eastern District of New York contact Robert Nordoza at 718-259-6323.

United States Attorney Terrance P. Flynn
Western District of New York
U.S. Attorney Terrance P. Flynn of the Western District of New York will partner with DEA and area hospitals to host an educational event at Hilbert College in Hamburg, N.Y., to provide information to college students about the dangers of methamphetamine use.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Western District of New York contact Peggy McFarland at 716-843-5700.

United States Attorney George E.B. Holding
Eastern District of North Carolina
U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding of the Eastern District of North Carolina will hold a press conference at 3:00 P.M. EST on Nov. 30, to discuss the problems of methamphetamine abuse. Additional participants will include DEA Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) Donny Hansen of the Raleigh Resident Office, DEA RAC Emmett Highland of the Wilmington Resident Office, N.C. State Bureau of Investigation Assistant Director Jerry Ratley, Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzelle, Harnett County Sheriff Larry Rollins, and Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Eastern District of North Carolina contact Elisabeth Regan at 919-856-4845.

United States Attorney Anna Mills Wagoner
Middle District of North Carolina
U.S. Attorney Anna Mills Wagoner of the Middle District of North Carolina will participate in scheduled events at the Guilford County Jail in Greensboro, N.C., and Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC). U.S. Attorney Wagoner will talk about the dangers of methamphetamine with female prisoners housed in the Guilford County Jail.  In addition, the Department of Justice Meth 101 video will be shown. The video will also be shown to a number of classes at GTCC.  Press releases and press conferences are also planned.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Middle District of North Carolina contact U.S. Attorney Anna Mills Wagoner at 336-333-5351.

United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert
Western District of North Carolina
U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert will participate in a morning press conference in Hendersonville, N.C., to emphasize the problem of imported methamphetamine and the scope of the joint law enforcement efforts in Henderson County.  U.S. Attorney Shappert will also address 7th graders at East Junior High School in Marion, N.C.  A second press conference will emphasize the problem of local methamphetamine production, the successes currently being experienced as a result of concentrated and coordinated law enforcement efforts, and the positive impact of the passage of North Carolina state laws restricting the availability of necessary ingredients for meth production.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Western District of North Carolina contact Suellen Pierce at 704-344-6222.

United States Attorney Drew H. Wrigley
District of North Dakota
U.S. Attorney Drew H. Wrigley of the District of North Dakota will participate in a local radio interview with WDAY-AM Radio.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in North Dakota contact Julie Hough at 701-297-7400.

United States Attorney Gregory A. White
Northern District of Ohio
U.S. Attorney Gregory A. White will hold a press conference at the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Center in Richfield, Ohio. A short video will be shown.  Additional participants will be representatives of the county prosecutors and county Sheriffs from Cuyahoga, Summit and Ashtabula Counties; and local and state law enforcement officials.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Northern District of Ohio contact William J. Edwards at 216-622-3600.

United States Attorney Sheldon J. Sperling
Eastern District of Oklahoma
U.S. Attorney Sheldon J. Sperling of the Eastern District of Oklahoma will speak to community leaders at an event hosted by Moskogee Rotary Club to discuss the history of meth in the Eastern District of Oklahoma.  

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Eastern District of Oklahoma contact Sheldon Sperling at 918-684-5100.

United States Attorney David E. O'Meilia
Northern District of Oklahoma
U.S. Attorney David E. O’Meilia will participate in a public presentation on methamphetamine awareness entitled “Meth 360” on Nov. 30 from 4:00 P.M. CST until 6:00 P.M. CST at Tulsa Public Schools. The “Meth 360” program has made approximately 18 meth awareness presentations over the past three months to various groups in the Tulsa area.       

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Northern District of Oklahoma contact Randal Edgmon at 918-382-2730.

United States Attorney John C. Richter
Western District of Oklahoma
U.S. Attorney John Richter will hold a press conference with the DEA Special Agent in Charge and the Director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN). The press conference will include a briefing on meth facts, a show and tell with a drug dog, and the OBN's model meth lab.  U.S. Attorney Richter will also be interviewed live on KOKC talk radio program "Reid Mullins In The Morning With Oklahoma's First News." 

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Western District of Oklahoma contact Bob Troester at 405-553-8809.

U.S. Attorney Karin J. Immergut
District of Oregon
U.S. Attorney Karin J. Immergut will hold a press conference to highlight past achievements and future goals in fighting meth abuse and participate in a presentation of Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) awards to the Oregon Governor's Meth Task Force and to the Oregon Board of Pharmacy. Additional participants include the Oregon Governor's Office, Oregon Governor's Meth Task Force, Oregon Board of Pharmacy, ONDCP, DEA, Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Association, Oregon Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, Oregon Partnership, and Oregon Criminal Justice Commission.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the District of Oregon contact Diane Peterson at 503-727-l066.

United States Attorney Patrick L. Meehan
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Attorney Patrick L. Meehan of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, in cooperation with the DEA, will hold a Clan Lab response drill in the borough of Doylestown in Bucks County, Pa.  The DEA will set up a mock meth lab in the garage of a Doylestown residence and local police, fire and DEA officials will respond.  U.S. Attorney Meehan, the DEA Special in Agent in Charge, and representatives from local fire, police and government will hold a press conference following the demonstration.  The conference will highlight the dangers associated with meth and clandestine laboratories.  It will also advise the public on what to do if they suspect a meth lab is located in their neighborhood.  At the close of the press conference, a one hour presentation by the DEA and Bucks County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence will be offered to the public.  Also in attendance will be a 10th grade class from a local high school.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania contact Jim Schultz at 215-861-8449.

United States Attorney Thomas A. Marino
Middle District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Attorney Thomas A. Marino of the Middle District of Pennsylvania will issue a press release tying the national event to local enforcement efforts in conjunction with federal, state and local partners.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Middle District of Pennsylvania contact Heidi Havens at 570-348-2800.

United States Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan
Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan for the Western District of Pennsylvania will partner with the DEA, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office Drug Demand Reduction Unit, and the Crawford County District Attorney's Office and Coroner's Office to sponsor a Meth Awareness Seminar at 7:00 P.M. EST at Linesville High School in Linesville, Pa. In the Pittsburgh area the U.S. Attorney's Office, the DEA and City of Duquesne Police Department will sponsor a Community Crime Watch Seminar at 6:30 P.M. EST.  This program will focus on the damaging effects of methamphetamine use on individuals, families and communities.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Erie area contact Assistant U.S. Attorney Marshall Piccinini at 814-452-2906. For information on events in the Pittsburgh area contact Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Kaufman at 412-894-7377.

United States Attorney Robert Clark Corrente
District of Rhode Island
U.S. Attorney Robert Clark Corrente will hold a joint press conference and issue a release announcing the formation of a state-wide methamphetamine working group. The District of Rhode Island will partner with the Rhode Island State Department of Mental Health, Retardation and Hospitals; Rhode Island Substance abuse treatment, Detoxification, Methadone Maintenance, and Methadone Detoxification; DEA; Rhode Island State Attorney General's Office; Rhode Island Department of Corrections; and the Rhode Island Department of Health to combat the meth epidemic.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the District of Rhode Island contact Hollie Capuano at 401-709-5000.

United States Attorney Reginald Lloyd
District of South Carolina
U.S. Attorney Reginald Lloyd of the District of South Carolina co-sponsored a press conference on Wednesday, Nov. 28, and will issue a press release on Nov. 30 discussing the methamphetamine problem and community outreach efforts. A conference will be held Nov. 27-30 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Assistant U.S. Attorney Regan Pendleton led a discussion group on Nov. 28, and U.S. Attorney Reginald Lloyd served as luncheon speaker on that same date. Following U.S. Attorney Lloyd's speech, a press conference involving South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster, DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge John Ozaluk and heads of the conference's agency co-sponsors was held. 

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the District of South Carolina contact Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Moore at 803-929-3062.

United States Attorney Martin J. Jackley
District of South Dakota
U.S. Attorney Martin J. Jackley of the District of South Dakota will appear with Governor Mike Rounds and South Dakota Attorney General Larry Long at a joint press conference on Nov. 30. Additionally, U.S Attorney Jackley will participate in presentations at local high schools and women's shelters.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in South Dakota contact Mark Salter at 605-330-4400.

United States Attorney James R. Dedrick
Eastern District of Tennessee
U.S. Attorney James R. Dedrick will join the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force to launch a campaign entitled “Stop Meth in Tennessee, Start Right Now,” at a press conference at the Grundy County Courthouse in Altamont, Tenn.  The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force consists of members from state and local law enforcement agencies, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Tennessee National Guard Counterdrug Division, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the District Attorneys of Tennessee, the DEA, and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Tennessee.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Eastern District of Tennessee contact Gregg Sullivan at 423-752-5140.

United States Attorney Craig Morford
Middle District of Tennessee
U.S. Attorney Craig Morford will participate in a press conference on Nov. 30 that will address missed opportunities for intervention and how to take the steps to create alliances against meth abuse in the community.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Middle District of Tennessee contact David Boling at 615-736-5151.

United States Attorney David Kustoff
Western District of Tennessee
U.S. Attorney David Kustoff will conduct a radio interview on WNWS Talk Radio
on Nov. 30, and will speak on behalf of 20 agencies involved in the Western Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force, which include chiefs, sheriffs, district attorneys and agents from throughout the Western District of Tennessee.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Western District of Tennessee contact U.S. Attorney David Kustoff or Leigh Anne Jordan at 901-544-4231.

United States Attorney Matthew D. Orwig
Eastern District of Texas
U.S. Attorney Matthew D. Orwig of the Eastern District of Texas will hold a press conference in which he will present a Certificate of Appreciation to state representatives who introduced legislation limiting over-the-counter pseudophrine sales.  There will also be a press conference held in Beaumont, Texas, including speeches from a former meth addict, health officials, and a law enforcement officer.  In Sherman, Texas local health officials and law enforcement officers will speak about meth.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Eastern District of Texas contact Davilyn Brackin at 409-839-2538.

United States Attorney Richard B. Roper III
Northern District of Texas
U.S. Attorney Richard B. Roper III of the Northern District of Texas will sponsor a program, along with the DEA, to generate public awareness on the damaging effects of meth abuse on individuals, families and communities.  At the program, DEA chemists will conduct a demonstration of manufacturing meth, and will offer tours of the DEA truck lab. 

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Northern District of Texas contact Kathy Colvin at 214-659-8707.

United States Attorney Donald J. DeGabrielle, Jr.
Southern District of Texas
U.S Attorney Donald J. DeGabrielle Jr. will host an educational symposium with students from three local universities as well as local law enforcement partners.  Remarks will be delivered by U.S. Attorney DeGabrielle and Special Agent in Charge James Craig of the DEA. 

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Southern District of Texas contact Nancy Herrera at 713-567-9000.

United States Attorney Johnny K. Sutton
Western District of Texas
U.S. Attorney Johnny K. Sutton of the Western District of Texas has presentations scheduled at the following local schools on Nov. 30: Cedar Park High School St. Phillip’s College University of Texas at Austin Downtown campus, University of Texas at Margaret Tobin Avenue, Harlandale Middle School, and Regan High School. Additional participants include the DEA, San Antonio Police Department, Texas National Guard, San Antonio Fighting Back, San Antonio Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, and the University of Texas San Antonio Alcohol & Drug Task Force.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Western District of Texas contact Shana Jones at 210-384-7100.

United States Attorney Brett L. Tolman
District of Utah
U.S. Attorney Brett L. Tolman will host a series of training sessions which will be held at the Salt Lake City Library Auditorium. The topics include Treatment Options, Effects on the Brain and Behavior, The Psychological Effects of Meth on Children, Preventing Substance Abuse, and Methamphetamine:  An International Perspective. DARE officers will focus on meth prevention and education issues in Utah school classes on National Methamphetamine Awareness Day, as well.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in Utah contact Barbara Bearnson or Melodie Rydalch at 801-524-5682. 

United States Attorney Thomas D. Anderson
District of Vermont
U.S. Attorney Thomas D. Anderson of the District of Vermont will issue a joint press release with the Vermont State Police regarding the dangers of meth and the steps being taken at the federal and state levels to combat meth use and production. 

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in Vermont contact Jeanine M. Blais at 802-951-6725. 

United States Attorney Chuck Rosenberg
Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg will participate in an assembly at West Potomac Academy in Fairfax County, Va., as part of the events on Methamphetamine Awareness Day. The assembly will be followed by a press conference at 11:00 A.M. EST.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Eastern District of Virginia contact Jim Rybicki at 703-299-3700.

United States Attorney John L. Brownlee
Western District of Virginia
U.S. Attorney John L. Brownlee will be the moderator and host for a panel discussion and the viewing of a "Meth Kills" video that will be held at the Boys and Girls Clubs for Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. "Meth Kills" is a 13-minute video produced by U.S. Attorneys Office for the Western District of Virginia and is currently being distributed to every high school in Virginia, warning kids to stay away from methamphetamine. U.S. Attorney Brownlee will be available for media interviews.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Western District of Virginia contact Heidi Coy at 540-857-2250.

United States Attorney James A. McDevitt
Eastern District of Washington
U.S. Attorney James A. McDevitt has scheduled a press conference on Nov. 30 at 3:00 P.M. PST to address the meth problem in the community and answer questions from the press. The office has partnered with local non-profit organizations and the DEA to run a full-page color ad on Meth Awareness and will coordinate a feature article in the local newspaper focusing on the local Drug Endangered Children (DEC) program.  Additional press conference participants include DEA Resident Agent in Charge Scott Hanten, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick, as well as representatives of the Washington State Patrol, the Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council, and Partners with Families and Children.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Eastern District of Washington contact Thomas Rice at 509-353-2767.

United States Attorney John McKay
Western District of Washington
U.S. Attorney John McKay for the Western District of Washington, along with the DEA, will be providing speakers at a variety of venues including a university Rotary event in Seattle.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Western District of Washington contact Emily Langlie at 206-553-7970.

United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter
Northern District of West Virginia
U.S. Attorney Sharon L. Potter will participate in a presentation at Wheeling Jesuit University to a Risk Prevention Wellness class of approximately 50 students, resident advisors and professors.  There will be a Wheeling Intelligencer newspaper insert written by student reporters for "Teen Line" entitled, "A Teen's Perspective on Meth," and employees of the U.S. Attorney’s Office will distribute pamphlets about meth awareness at local venues.  There will also be a presentation to students at Wheeling Park High School in the Substance Abuse Health Classes. 

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Northern District of West Virginia contact George Fahey at 304-234-0100.

United States Attorney Charles T. Miller
Southern District of West Virginia
U.S. Attorney Charles T. Miller will participate in presentations to the employees of American Electric Power in North Charleston, W.V., and to college students and staff at West Virginia State University in Institute, W.V.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Southern District of West Virginia contact Deanna Eder at 304-340-2390.

United States Attorney Steven M. Biskupic
Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. Attorney Steven M. Biskupic of the Eastern District of Wisconsin will host a press conference in conjunction with the DEA that will focus on methamphetamine lab awareness and demand reduction strategies. Local and state law enforcement will also participate in the press conference. 

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Eastern District of Wisconsin contact Bill Lipscomb at 414-297-1700.

United States Attorney Erik Peterson
Western District of Wisconsin
U.S. Attorney Erik Peterson will appear on WEAU-TV's morning show in Eau Claire, the largest city in northwest Wisconsin and the area hardest hit by meth in the Western District. He will be interviewed on WAYY radio between 8:20 A.M. CST and 9:00 A.M. CST, and WAXX radio which will be aired on six radio affiliates covering 27 counties in northwest and north central Wisconsin. 

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the Western District of Wisconsin contact Myra Longfield at 608-250-5461.

United States Attorney Matthew Mead
District of Wyoming
U.S. Attorney Matthew Mead will participate in radio talk shows in the Cheyenne media market regarding the meth problems encountered throughout the District and in Indian Country, and will join Governor Dave Freudenthal in a news conference scheduled to be held at the Historic Union Pacific Depot in Cheyenne. Governor Freudenthal will sign a proclamation designating Nov. 30 as Wyoming Methamphetamine Awareness Day. They will be joined by Mr. Mike Johnson, the head of a successful community-based meth imitative in Uinta County, Wyo.

U.S. Attorney Mead and Governor Freudenthal will be joined at the news conference by the Wyoming Attorney General, various state legislators, the Director of the Wyoming Department of Health, the Special Agent in Charge of the DEA, the Director of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, the Cheyenne Chief of Police, the Sheriff of Laramie County, representatives of community based meth initiatives from selected communities throughout the state, and other community and state leaders.

For more information about National Meth Awareness Day events in the District of Wyoming contact Tony Young and John Powell at 307-772-2124.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Dr. Don Wright, Director of Occupational Medicine at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and local officials will give a presentation entitled “Meth 360” to members of the Tysons Corner Rotary Club.  The event will take place at 7:30 A.M. EST in Vienna, Va.

For more information about this National Meth Awareness Day event, contact OSHA’s Office of Communications at 202-693-1999.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
Secretary Dirk Kempthorne
Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne will be holding a press conference with the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI).  They will be announcing a new partnership with NCAI and the Partnership for a Drug-Free America to do meth prevention programs in Indian Country.  The press conference will be at 1:00 P.M. EST at the Press Club's Murrow Room in Washington, D.C.  There will be a call in line at 888-568-1774.

For more information about Department of the Interior National Meth Awareness Day events, contact Shane Wolf at 202-208-6416.