Enrolled HCR 4: Encouraging the establishment of a methamphetamine watch program.

00Enrolled HCR 4 01 Encouraging the establishment of a methamphetamine watch program. 02 _______________ 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS methamphetamine use and production is a growing threat to the State of 05 Alaska; and 06 WHEREAS the widespread availability of methamphetamine is illustrated by 07 increasing numbers of methamphetamine seizures, arrests, indictments, and sentences; 08 Anchorage, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, the Kenai Peninsula, Southeast Alaska, and 09 Fairbanks have all experienced significant problems with methamphetamine-related crimes 10 and methamphetamine laboratories ("meth labs"); and 11 WHEREAS unlike many other synthetic drugs, methamphetamine is produced 12 inexpensively in clandestine laboratories using ordinary household chemicals; meth labs can 13 be portable and are easily dismantled, stored, or moved; and 14 WHEREAS meth labs have been found in many different types of locations 15 throughout Alaska, including homes, apartments, hotel rooms, rented storage spaces, and 16 vehicles; and 17 WHEREAS the process of making methamphetamine is highly dangerous, and can

01 cause fires, explosions, and the release of toxic by-products into the environment; the 02 production of one pound of methamphetamine releases poisonous gas into the atmosphere and 03 creates five to seven pounds of toxic waste; and 04 WHEREAS, according to the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy, last 05 year more than 3,000 children were rescued during seizures of more than 15,000 meth labs 06 nationwide; and 07 WHEREAS "mom-and-pop" meth labs, where people prepare the drug from 08 ingredients in common household items, are dangerous to law enforcement and emergency 09 response personnel, and cost the state millions in court costs, cleanup expenses, and foster 10 care costs; and 11 WHEREAS Kansas has developed a voluntary public/private partnership program 12 called "Meth Watch" to combat the methamphetamine problem, and similar programs have 13 been implemented in 11 states; and 14 WHEREAS the purposes of the meth watch program are to engage retailers, law 15 enforcement officials, state and local agencies, schools, and other key partners in reducing the 16 diversion of precursor products for the illicit manufacturing of methamphetamine, to increase 17 awareness about the dangers of methamphetamine, to conduct a program of 18 methamphetamine abuse awareness in public schools, and to assist communities in educating 19 their citizens about the problems with methamphetamine abuse and meth labs; 20 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges that a meth watch 21 program be established in Alaska, that grants available from the federal government and 22 private sources be applied for, that the appropriation of matching funds be requested from the 23 state legislature if necessary, that community organizations be assisted in applying for funding 24 and implementing local meth watch programs, and that Alaskans be educated about 25 methamphetamine abuse and the presence of meth labs in their communities.