Meth Project Chairman Testifies Before U.S. Senate Finance Committee

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 General News
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PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 18 Meth Projectchairman, Thomas M. Siebel, testified before the Finance Committee of theUnited States Senate today. Siebel was invited to brief the panel about theimpact of the Meth Project's prevention campaign in the state of Montana --where the Meth Project implemented its first statewide program. Since thelaunch of the Meth Project campaign in Montana in September 2005, the statehas seen declines in both Meth use and the social problems associated with thedrug, including a 53% reduction in Meth-related crime and a 70% decline inworkers testing positive for Meth.(1)

"We started the Meth Project in Montana with the objective of reducingMeth use," Siebel told the Committee. "The results of the Montana MethProject have been significant. It is my hope that we can work together toexpand the success that we have seen in Montana to other states strugglingwith this issue."

The Meth Project is a non-profit organization focused on significantlyreducing Meth abuse in the U.S. The Montana Meth Project, Arizona MethProject, Idaho Meth Project, and other state affiliates implement the MethProject prevention programs in their respective states. The Meth Project isfunded by the Siebel Foundation, with programs in individual states funded bypublic-private partnerships. Siebel called on the members of the FinanceCommittee to make federal funds available to expand its Meth preventioncampaign to other states across the country.

"The Meth Project has been extremely effective in raising awareness aboutthe devastating impact of this drug," said Senator Baucus. "We have seenremarkable changes in Montana as a result of the Meth Project -- fewer teensand adults are using the drug and Meth-related crime is down considerably.Other states will certainly benefit from the Meth Project's preventionprogram, and I commend Mr. Siebel for his commitment to this issue. I call onmy colleagues to make resources available to implement the Meth Projectprogram nationally."

Despite encouraging results at the state level, the Meth epidemiccontinues to gain ground nationally. A recent study by the NationalAssociation of Counties (NACo) found that 47% of county sheriffs across thecountry report Meth as their number one drug problem -- more than cocaine(21%) and marijuana (22%) combined. Additionally, 49% percent have seen anincrease in the last three years in the number of teens abusing the drug.(ii)

Siebel testified at the Finance Committee Hearing, "Breaking theMethamphetamine Supply Chain: Meeting Challenges at the Border." Otherwitnesses included Joseph T. Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Administrator of theDrug Enforcement Administration; Christy A. McCampbell, Deputy AssistantSecretary for the Department of State's Bureau for International Narcotics andLaw Enforcement Affairs; and Matthew C. Allen, Deputy Assistant Director forthe Office of Investigations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at theDepartment of Homeland Security.

About the Meth Project

The Meth Project is a national non-profit organization headquartered inPalo Alto, California, aimed at significantly reducing first-time Meth usethrough public service messaging, public policy, and community outreach. TheMontana Meth Project, Arizona Meth Project, Idaho Meth Project, and otherstate affiliates implement the Meth Project prevention programs in theirrespective states. The Meth Project is funded by a grant from the SiebelFoundation. For more information, visit http://www.methproject.org.Media Contacts: Jessica del Mundo Sarah Ingram GolinHarris GolinHarris 213-438-8772 213-438-8721 [email protected] [email protected] (i) Montana Attorney General, Mike McGrath. Methamphetamine in Montana:


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