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    Last Updated:Nov 25, 2013 - 3:43:56 PM   Resources/Articles    
   

Drug use impacts our neighborhoods and communities in a variety of ways. In Kern County:

 

·         Nearly 40 percent of all felony prosecutions include methamphetamine offenses

·         Approximately one in three Adult Probation cases involve methamphetamine

·         Nearly one in five Juvenile Probation cases involve methamphetamine

·         The Department of Human Services estimates that about 40 percent of cases
where children are removed from the home involve methamphetamine

·         Nearly one in three residents who visit the emergency room at Kern Medical Center
have used methamphetamine at least once in their lives

·         An increasing number of domestic violence case involve methamphetamine use

 

Methamphetamine is not just a law enforcement problem; meth is a community problem—
and it takes an entire community coming together to solve the problem.

 

The Meth Task Force is working with law enforcement, public agencies, schools, faith-based
organizations, service clubs and neighborhood groups to reduce meth use and make our communities
safer. The Task Force:

 

  • Conducts town hall meetings to raise local awareness and gain local support;
  • Works to increase the number of Neighborhood Watch sites operating in Kern County; and
  • Supports the efforts of local communities to plan strategically to reduce meth use.

 

For information about how to become a member of the Public Safety Subcommittee, or to request a
community presentation, contact:

 

Alicia Menta, Kern County Mental Health, amenta@co.kern.ca.us; 661-868-6101.

 

     
     
     
     
     
 
 
 
   
   
 
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