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 Alaska Meth Education Project Honors International Day against Substance Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 

 Project will feature public displays in local libraries and provide resources for substance abuse prevention and treatment 

6/18/2010 | Contact: Allison Biastock (907) 343-4619
Mayor's Office

The Municipality of Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services and the Alaska Meth Education Project (AME) are recognizing June 26 as International Day against Substance Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. AME, supported by the MOA DHHS, will be displaying substance abuse prevention resources and materials at both the Loussac and the UAA/APU Consortium Libraries from June 18-28. In addition, AME will host two information sharing events next week.

In 1987, the United Nations General Assembly assigned June 26th as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in order to express the importance of action and cooperation in accomplishing the goal of creating substance abuse free communities across the globe.

AME, in collaboration with the UAA Justice Center, will be at the UAA/APU Consortium Library on Thursday, June 24th from 1-5pm in room 306 to educate Anchorage residents about substance use prevention, treatment options, jobs within the substance abuse treatment fields, as well as offer instruction on many of the materials on display at the library. Included in this event will be a presentation on illicit drug trafficking from Capt. Keith Mallard with the Alaska State Troopers Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Enforcement from 2-3pm.

In addition, AME will be available at the Loussac Library from 1-5pm on Friday, June 25 to offer training on the related display materials and provide free resources and information on substance abuse prevention.

“We are pleased to be able to use this international observance to promote awareness of the dangers, both health and safety, that illicit drugs bring to our community,” said Diane Ingle, Director of the Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services. “Prevention and education are the keys to reducing demand for meth and any other drug.”

“According to the Alaska Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Enforcement, the amount of meth seized by the law enforcement last year increased 438% from 2008,” said Jennifer Baker, AME’s Project Coordinator. “Now, more than ever, it is important to educate Alaskans about what drugs are out there and how to prevent our residents, especially youth, from using them.”

The Alaska Meth Education Project is funded by the USDOJ Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Formula Program. For more information on the Alaska Meth Education Project and to learn more about the events leading up to June 26th, 2010, International Day against Drug Substance Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, please call 343-4806, check our website www.alaskmethed.com or visit AME on Facebook.

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