National Methamphetamine Awareness Day Announced

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The Federal Government partners with non-profit organizations to prevent future meth users and help those who are currently addicted.

The Department of Justice recently announced the creation and sponsorship of National Methamphetamine Awareness Day, which will be observed on Nov. 30, 2006. The event is an effort to generate awareness about the damaging effects of meth abuse on individuals, families and American communities.

A release from the Justice Department reads, "National Methamphetamine Awareness Day is a coordinated effort not only to reach potential meth users with a message of prevention, but also to educate current users about the programs available to them."

A new study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) continues to show that individuals in the 18-25 age group are the most likely to be using methamphetamine. They make up the largest percentage of the 1.3 million people who used meth last year.

A person using meth may experience irritability, fatigue, headaches, anxiety, sleeplessness, confusion, aggressive feelings, violent rages, cravings for more meth, and depression. They may become psychotic and experience paranoia, auditory hallucinations, mood disturbances, and delusions. The paranoia may lead to homicidal or suicidal thoughts.

The Department is partnering with other governmental agencies as well as non-profit organizations to help carry the message and increase the impact of the efforts.

As one of the nation's largest and most successful drug rehabilitation and education programs, Narconon Arrowhead has been effectively dealing with meth users for many years.

The program, which is part of a worldwide network of centers using the drug-free rehabilitation methodology developed by American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard, uses a very thorough and complete body detoxification procedure to help eliminate stored meth residues. The result is a former addict becoming more himself to be able to think clearly enough to address problem areas in his life and find alternative solutions to them instead of turning back to the drug.

According to one former meth user who has been drug-free for over five years, "I know I would have been dead or in prison if it weren't for Narconon. It was different from anything I had tried before, and it worked."

To find out more about Narconon Arrowhead or to get help for a loved one in need during this Holiday Season, log on to http://www.stopaddiction.com or call 1-800-468-6933.

For more information about National Methamphetamine Awareness Day you can visit the Department of Justice website at http://www.usdoj.gov/methawareness.

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