Meeting to answer meth questions

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Methamphetamine.

What is it? How does it affect western Colorado? What opportunities are available to take a stand against it? Why should you care?

Those are the questions a networking group of officials from throughout the area will attempt to tackle Thursday during a free, informative meeting in Rangely.

The meeting will take place inside the Weiss Center Colorado Room at Colorado Northwestern Community Col-

lege's Rangely campus.

Becky Dubbert, CNCC executive assistant and public information officer, said the networking group generally meets once a month. Thursday's meeting will closely resemble a presentation on the dangers of methamphetamine that took place in the summer during a Club 20 meeting, she said.

Club 20 is a political advocacy group consisting of politicos and officials from municipalities throughout the Western Slope. The group discussed methamphetamine during a meeting in April.

"Not all the speakers are the same, but several of them are," Dubbert said.

The group decided to focus on methamphetamine after a member attended the Club 20 meeting, Dubbert said.

"This type of drug use is appearing in rural areas that were once thought to be far removed from its abuse, but statistics now show it is growing in small-town settings at an alarming rate," according to an informational flier for the meeting.

Presenters for the meeting range from physicians to law enforcement. They include Michelle Huber with Colorado West Mental Health, Dr. Deb Salter, a Rangely physician.

Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta and Commander Lori Moriarty of the city of Thornton, north metro task force will also speak about the drug from a law enforcement perspective.

Pete Hautzinger, Mesa County district attorney, will discuss a fast track program for treatment.

Rounding out the field of speakers are Kevin Borman, president of the Grand Junction Board of Realtors, who will discuss the drug's harm on property values and Greg Meier and Jill Calvert from the Colorado Department of Human Services.

Time will be set aside for a question and answer session.

To reserve a seat for the networking group meeting, call Dubbert at 675-3301.

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