Nation's drug czar announces anti-meth effort

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 | 9:10 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — The nation's drug control policy director has picked the state with the nation's biggest methamphetamine problem to announce an anti-meth marketing campaign.

Gil Kerlikowske (kur-lih-KOW'-skee) was scheduled to be in St. Louis on Tuesday for a discussion and news conference at City Hall. Joining him will be Mayor Francis Slay, U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster and others.

Kerlikowske's office says the effort will target 16 states with significant meth problems. Missouri has ranked first in the nation for many years in meth lab busts and seizures.

The new effort will use TV, radio and online ads, along with billboards, to promote a message of hope about recovery from meth addiction.


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Charles Dudley Jr September 1, 2009 | 1:03 p.m.

Education is the key from a very young age.

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