November 26, 2014
Recovering addicts have urged the governor's task force on Nevada's methamphetamine crisis to push for stronger and more graphic education programs in schools to prevent young people from ever trying the drug.
The panel also was told that tough, mandatory treatment programs and jail terms even for those facing their first conviction are needed to drive home the anti-drug message.
Jamee Fox of Winnemucca, who started using meth when she was 16,
said she wasn't motivated to get clean until winding up in prison for 10 months. She urged much stronger education programs for young people.
Dee Worth of Las Vegas, who cleaned up after 15 years of using, agreed with the idea of increasing jail time for first-time offenders.
The task force, headed by Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, has been charged with preparing a statewide plan to deal with the meth crisis.
Law enforcement officials say meth accounts for the majority of their drug cases in most parts of the state.