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MID-SIZED CITIES AND RURAL COMMUNITIES METHAMPHETAMINE INITIATIVE

WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors has long been concerned about drug abuse and its impacts on cities of all sizes; and

WHEREAS, in 1997, the Conference sponsored a National Forum on Drug Control in Washington, DC and released a National Action Plan to Control Drugs which was developed by mayors, police chiefs, and prosecutors; and

WHEREAS, the National Action Plan to Control Drugs called for immediate action on the growing concern of methamphetamine, a drug which is being manufactured in Mexico and in the United States using ingredients which are readily available and sold in grocery stores, with instructions for making it available on the Internet; and

WHEREAS, clandestine labs that are used to manufacture methamphetamine pose an environmental and safety hazard, as toxic wastes are frequently dumped on the ground or into waterways; and

WHEREAS, methamphetamine use is a rapidly expanding problem in western states, in mid-sized cities and rural communities, and is now spreading east and to larger communities; and

WHEREAS, mid-sized cities and rural communities are often vulnerable and ill equipped to address this threat; and

WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors sponsored a Mid-Sized Cities and Rural Communities Substance Abuse/Methamphetamine Work Session in Boise on May 17-18, 1999 at which federal, state and local experts on prevention, treatment and interdiction of methamphetamine and rural substance abuse worked on a comprehensive methamphetamine initiative, which will be refined in the coming months,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors continues to support the need for a Mid-Sized Cities and Rural Communities Methamphetamine Initiative to develop prevention, treatment and interdiction strategies for methamphetamine, which can then be applied to cities of all sizes as the methamphetamine crisis spreads across the nation; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Administration and Congress support a comprehensive effort to fight the growing problem of methamphetamine.

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