August 17, 2005 | By: Laura Skillman
PRINCETON, Ky.

Methamphetamine production and abuse are growing problems in western Kentucky as well as across the state and nation. To help communities deal with the affects of this drug, the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will hold a two-day workshop Nov. 14 and 15.

The program entitled “Methamphetamine – Too Close to Home” will be at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton. The purpose of this event is to provide assistance and resources to community partners that will enable people to work together locally to address the issues, said Torey Earle, chair of the Cooperative Extension’s West District quick response team on drug abuse awareness.

The first day of training will focus on family and community alliances and will feature a discussion with legislators on methamphetamine legislation. The second day will focus on environmental impacts on farm and family, including the standards for cleanup and remediation.

Workshop sponsors include the UK Cooperative Extension Service, UK Health Education Extension Leadership (HEEL) Program, Eastern Kentucky University Training Consortium, Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force and Butler County Extension Homemaker Association.

A community’s health and environment are at risk because of methamphetamine use, production, related theft and waste disposal, Earle said. Many at-risk populations are unaware of the potential personal and environmental dangers.

The goals of the program are to enhance awareness and increase skills concerning the role of the family and focus on the environment. As a result of the training, community partners will be better equipped to work together locally to address the issues. The program is especially designed for anyone associated with Extension, social services, law enforcement, the mental health field, schools, the medical community, state and local government, and the faith-based community.

Participants may attend the program for one or two days. The cost is $15 for one day or $25 for both days. Lunch, beverage breaks and an informational CD are included in the fee.

Registration forms and more information about the workshop are available at county offices of the UK Cooperative Extension Service.

Contact: 

Writer: Laura Skillman 270-365-7541 ext. 278

Contact: Torey Earle, 270-554-9522