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Some Facts about Methamphetamine Use in Kern County
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. Here are a few examples of what was learned:
The Board decided it was time to take action, and charged Mental Health with taking the lead to form a Task Force to address the problem.
The Task Force was divided into 4 Subcommittees:
Research indicates that mentoring helps prevent substance abuse and reduce some negative youth behaviors.
Teens often think that because marijuana is found in nature, it is safer than chemicals made in a laboratory. It’s not that simple. (Read More)
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