To confront the methamphetamine epidemic plaguing counties in East Tennessee, the Methamphetamine Task Force began in 1999 as a small group law enforcement agencies working together. Today, it is known as the Tennessee Dangerous Drugs Task Force (TDDTF) and has grown to an organization that encompasses all 95 counties in the state. All local law enforcement agencies are members of the Task Force, as well as the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and all three of the United States Attorney’s Offices in Tennessee.
The Mission of the TDDTF is to reduce the availability and illegal use of harmful scheduled drugs, including methamphetamine, marijuana, prescription drug diversion, heroin, cocaine, fentanyl, and others, by educating the public about the dangers of all scheduled drugs; by increasing public safety through supplying equipment, training, intelligence, and investigative tools to assist law enforcement and prosecutorial authorities in strategically identifying, targeting, and prosecuting drug offenders; by networking with law enforcement agencies, regulatory agencies, healthcare providers, treatment providers, and local drug coalitions; and by protecting the public and the drug endangered children of Tennessee from the harmful effects of manufacturing, distribution, and illegal use of scheduled drugs.”
For more information and education about methamphetamine and the work done by the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force visit http://www.rid-meth.org.