MAYS LANDING- Each year, National Methamphetamine Awareness Day is observed on Nov. 30, in order to generate awareness about the damaging effects of meth abuse on individuals, families and American communities.
“As we continue to grapple with the opioid epidemic, the increased abuse of methamphetamine is starting to infiltrate our county in both suburban and urban areas,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said.
Education and public outreach are at the heart of the national drug control strategy, and National Methamphetamine Awareness Day will play an important role in highlighting the nationwide efforts to increase awareness and decrease demand of this highly addictive and dangerous drug.
“Meth is highly addictive and tends to make people feel as though they can do anything. It also gives them energy to get a lot of things done in a short amount of time. The downside is that after a few hours, the following crash leaves them feeling drained, depressed, and miserable. As a result, people who use methamphetamine typically engage in risky lifestyles and are 4 ½ times more likely to die than people who are drug free,” Prosecutor Tyner said.
Current year to date, detectives from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office have seized 4 pounds of Methamphetamine.
Seizures for recent years include the following:
- 2015- 8.5 grams
- 2016- 4.8 pounds
- 2017- 2.5 pounds
Capt. Pat Snyder, Section Commander of ACPO’s Major Crimes Unit said the Guns Gangs and Narcotics Unit have been tracking the increased availability of Methamphetamine and the impact on local communities. ACPO has also continued to investigate with state, federal and local law enforcement partners those persons who are distributing illicit drugs in our communities.
“With the standing up of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) in Atlantic County through the federally funded HIDTA program, we will have additional resources and local, state and federal commitments to go after the sources of supply for this illicit drug and dismantle the Drug Trafficking Organizations who are benefiting from the sales of this drug and others,” Capt. Snyder said.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at https://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.