With billions of dollars destined to bail out America’s corporations and banks, it was nice to hear that some politicians still remember the “little guys”, who need help too. Iowa, like so many other states, across America, is fighting a war against methamphetamine. Senator Harkin knows that the U.S. can’t afford to ignore the “meth devil” and he is doing his part to keep it from destroying the lives of Iowans and their children.
“Meth continues to plague America destroying lives, families and entire communities,” said Harkin. “These funds will help Iowa’s narcotics officers obtain the tools they need to fight meth across the state.” – Senator Tom Harkin, (D-IA)
On September 13, 2008, Harkin announced that the Iowa COPS Methamphetamine Initiative and the COPS Methamphetamine Training and Technical Assistance programs will get grants totalling $2,072,083. With the assistance of that grant money the COPS Meth Initiative and the COPS Meth Training and Technical Assistance program can provide training for law enforcement and community members, purchase needed equipment, pay added expenses like overtime pay for law enforcement, pay for technical assistance, and other expenses that have been approved by local law enforcement agencies.
Politicians who continue to find ways to fund the war on meth will undoubtedly continue to see a drop in meth use and meth labs in their state. Laws restricting the sale of pseudoephedrine can not be considered the “answer” to stopping the growth of meth labs. Many states are now seeing a reversal of that trend now that meth cooks have found other ways to obtain pseudoephedrine and ephedrine.
The meth funding in Iowa will be distributed among the two programs as follows
COPS Methamphetamine Initiative. Used to help targeted areas combat the manufacture, use, and distribution of meth, as well as to collaborate with other entities in the prevention and treatment of meth abuse.
Des Moines $406,484
Marion County $406,852
Sioux City $390,784
COPS Methamphetamine Training and Technical Assistance Program. Used to increase the capacity of training and technical assistance providers to develop a more informed and engaged community with regards to meth use and abuse.
Sioux City $498,597
For More Information about this announcement, please visit Senator Harkin’s website .