Meth seminar provides overview

Local residents encouraged to sign up early; classes filling

   A seminar "Methamphetamine, Whose Problem Is It, Part 2" will be offered in Madras from 7:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, at the Living Hope Christian Center auditorium.
   Jefferson County residents are being urged to sign up early, since the seminar is taking registrations from around the state and space is filling up.
   The day will begin with an overview on the statewide meth problem from Lt. Craig Durbin of the Oregon State Police.
   Learn what meth looks like, how it's made, the damage it causes and steps being taken to protect the community.
   Next, problems in Jefferson County will be the focus of a local panel including Jim Porter and Dan Allison, Steve Leriche, Leona Ike, Sonya Littledeer-Evans, and Andy Dannar.
   Topics will include the dangers of working in meth labs, how drug cases are prosecuted, how meth affects the Warm Springs community, prevalence of meth among youth, and treatment programs available.
   At 11:30 a.m., there will be a preview of film maker Duke White's locally-made movie "Downfall," about meth abuse, which was filmed around Madras.
   At 1 p.m., another panel will discuss the harm of meth to citizens and businesses. The panel includes Shirley Morgan, Mark Evans, Tammy Stringham, Melanie Widmer, and Angela Madden.
   Learn how citizens can take action against drug crime. Evans, a recovering meth user and manufacturer, will explain his past experience and what led him to turn his life around. Information will be given on how to find help if your loved one is affected by meth.
   In the afternoon, the topic will be "Meth and Sex," which is not suggested for teens under age 14. Randolph Hart, a psychiatric social worker and counselor with BestCare Treatment Services will be the speaker.
   The seminar will close with a session on meth prevention methods, presented by Mandi Puckett, Tammy Baney, Brenda Comini and Max Margolis.
   Learn from meth-prevention leaders how the community can work together to combat the methamphetamine problem.
   Registrations are now being taken at $40 per person. Youth under age 18 are admitted free, but still must register. The deadline for registration is Feb. 21.
   To sign up, contact Mandi Puckett at 410-0606 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
   The seminar is sponsored by BestCare Treatment Services.