Meth forum set for Dec. 14

MONMOUTH -- A forum on the Willamette Valley's methamphetamine problem will take place on Dec. 14 at Western Oregon University.

MONMOUTH -- A forum on the Willamette Valley's methamphetamine problem will take place on Dec. 14 at Western Oregon University.

The event starts 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 in Rice Auditorium and is free to the public.

This is the second forum co-sponsored by Western and United Communities Against Meth (UCAM), a YMCA organization devoted to coordinating anti-drug efforts among local businesses, churches, schools and government.

"This is something we as communities need to pull together on in order to make a real difference," said member Paul Pfnister.

Like the original forum a year ago, the event will feature presentations by law enforcement and others detailing the effects of meth on the community.

Representatives from local and county police and social service agencies, as well as members of the governor's Meth Task Force, will participate in a panel discussion and answer questions from the audience.

UCAM also plans to distribute a guide it has developed that contains information and resources on meth use, and resources for individuals struggling with addiction.

"People simply don't realize the severity of the meth issue and how great its impact on the faith, business, education and other communities," Pfnister said.

"But when people get involved and become educated, and know what meth is, how it's made and how to watch for it, we can see a difference."

For more information: Paul Pfnister at 503-949-8751 or Tim Barry at 503-838-4042.

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