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|In 2008, the Kern County Board of Supervisors asked Kern County Mental Health to examine the impact that meth use has on county services and on local communities. Mental Health collected information from county agencies, law enforcement, faith-based organizations, treatment providers, local media, and community members. Their findings were startling:
Up to 39% of all felony prosecutions in Kern County include methamphetamine offenses;
Approximately one-third of emergency room patients at Kern Medical Center have used methamphetamine; ...
|The Meth Task Force members offer training and technical assistance for local businesses in the following areas: Identifying meth paraphernalia and signs of meth use; Developing and implementing a drug-free workplace policy; Risk and liability management related to alcohol and other drug use; and Creating and implementing drug testing policies. ...
||Methamphetamine can impact businesses through employee absenteeism, property theft,vandalism, and environmental pollution. Employees who use meth pose a risk to themselves and to fellow employees, and they create liability for the business.
77% of current adult drug users are employed.
Drug using employees are twice as likely to be absent.
Do you know someone who needs help now with Methamphetamine? An employee, child, parent, caregiver - click here or call 1-855-No2Meth.
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