LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health unveiled a public education campaign today to increase awareness of the dangers of methamphetamine use.
``Meth use is escalating in L.A. County. This has had a devastating impact on the wellbeing of our residents and communities,'' said Barbara Ferrer, director of the county Department of Public Health.
``This is a drug that is highly addictive, and often robs people of their health, relationships, jobs and homes,'' she said. ``This campaign speaks to the general public and those at risk of using meth, informing them about how much is at stake when you become addicted to the drug. The campaign also speaks compassionately to those struggling with addiction -- we want everyone to know that treatment works, and recovery is possible.''
``Meth-Free LA County'' campaign spots will run in English and Spanish on local airwaves, social media channels and billboards, directing people to visit the website www.MethFreeLACounty.org to learn more about meth prevention and treatment resources.
``Meth use is affecting countless residents throughout Los Angeles County -- impacting every neighborhood and all walks of life,'' said county Supervisor Kathryn Barger. ``As a community, we need to show empathy, while providing the critical support and resources to help those struggling with addiction to meth.
``In addition, we need to work together to prevent the onset of use and addiction,'' she said. ``Through this campaign, we hope to demonstrate how meth can quickly devastate one's life and to remind our community that there are healthier, safer ways to cope with the stressors of everyday life.''
For information on how to connect with treatment, call the Substance Abuse Service Helpline (SASH) at 1-844-804-7500 at any time, day or night.