Reduce the excessive amount of money the meth project gets!
The meth problem in Idaho isn't remotely as serious as our governor makes it out to be. It's his wife's favorite pet project, though. Debbie Fields makes an obscene salary for a problem that isn't nearly as pervasive and COSTLY as tobacco use. Why don't we demand that the folks at the meth project REPORT that all the thousands of dollars they spend on their billboards and advertising actually has made a DIFFERENCE?
To clear up some misundertandings on the Idaho Meth Project according to www.idahomethproject.org:
"Since the Idaho Meth Project is entirely funded through the generous contributions of private individuals, corporations, and foundations, we need your support."
As of January 2008, Idaho was overwhelmed by methamphetamine abuse:
•1 in 5 Idaho teens saw little or no risk in trying Meth once or twice
•63% of Idaho felony drug court participants indicated that Meth was their drug of choice
•80% of the child placements by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare were directly related to drug abuse with Meth being the most prevalent drug of choice
Just ask any of the community treatment providers or local law enforcement about the current substance use, I am sure you will see Methamphetamine at the top of the list for adults.
What the Idaho Meth Project has accomplished according to the Idaho Market Results since January 2008:
•63% of teens (up 8 points) and 77% (up 9 points) of young adults now believe there is "great risk" in taking Meth just once or twice
•At least eight in ten teens and young adults believe there is "great" or "moderate risk" of the following after trying the drug once
•87% of Idaho parents say that they have discussed Meth with their teens in the past year, with half (49%) of parents reporting that television ads prompted the discussion (up 24 points)
Do we have a methamphetamine problem in Idaho? YES
Are the billboards and commercials effective? Yes
Are your tax dollars going to fund the Idaho Meth Project? NO, it is a non-profit organization
Does Debbie Field take a salary from the Idaho Meth Project? NO
Please get all facts before posting
It would make much better sense to give more money to tobacco since the financial strain on taxpayers caused by smokers is far greater than the incredibly small subset of the population effected by Meth. Smoking casues cancer to not ony themselves, but to those around them and is a huge strain on medical costs throughout the state. Smoking cessation would save the state far more money short term and long term.