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Maine CDC Highlights the Importance of National Methamphetamine Awareness Day

11.30.2017 – Human Services, Miltech

The highly addictive and toxic drug can have serious consequences.

AUGUSTA – The State of Maine Methamphetamine Taskforce has convened to release updated methamphetamine prevention materials in conjunction with National Methamphetamine Awareness Day, which is November 30.

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive and toxic stimulant produced from pseudoephedrine combined with other common household chemicals. A location in which an individual is making methamphetamine for personal use or to sell is often referred to as a “lab.” As of September 30, 2017, the number of methamphetamine lab incidents in Maine was 45 — a decrease from the 107 identified during the corresponding period in 2016. Lab incidents include a “one pot” home lab in which the dangerous ingredients are combined in a single container or an occasion when law enforcement officials were called to a site where methamphetamine had been produced. Labs create public risk because of the dangerous chemical byproducts used in making methamphetamine.

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