Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday joined Tennessee’s district attorneys and members of their staffs at an annual training conference to kick off a statewide methamphetamine awareness campaign.
Haslam unveiled an educational DVD that has been distributed to public middle and high schools across the state through an ongoing partnership between the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference and the Tennessee Department of Education.
District Attorney Torry Johnson and fellow Tennessee district attorneys are stepping up their fight against methamphetamine with the release of a new educational DVD, which is being distributed to public middle and high schools across the state through an ongoing partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education.
The initiative is an extension of the Meth Destroys campaign and follows a successful effort by the DAs earlier this year to pass legislation increasing penalties for producing meth in the presence of a child. The legislature also created a statewide electronic system for tracking the purchase of pseudoephedrine, meth’s main ingredient.
“While meth production continues to evolve, our law enforcement community is changing with the problem,” Haslam said in a release. “Education is key to stopping meth, and by taking this information into each and every school district in Tennessee, our DAs are showing that this state’s dedication to opposing meth and all of its perils will not falter.”
The Meth Destroys DVD features gripping stories of actual Tennesseans whose lives have been devastated by meth. The video contains information about the dangers of meth, the legal consequences of smurfing (buying items that allow you to produce meth), and updates about the stiffened penalties and soon-to-be-implemented statewide pseudoephedrine-tracking system.