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COMA: Meth presentations protect ‘buyer and seller’

Effects on real estate will be discussed at events

Joshua Roberts

In a continuing effort to education the public about methamphetamine, Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse is sponsoring a Tuesday appearance by a Bailey-based industrial hygienist, who will share “his extensive knowledge about meth and meth labs.”

“COMA thought it was a good idea : because (methamphetamine) is still a problem in this town,” said Shirley Simpson, a Craig resident and COMA activities director. “We all know it exists. We thought people might need to really know this information.”

Caoimhin Connell, owner and operator of Forensic Applications, will make three presentations Tuesday at Mountain West Insurance, 100 W. Victory Way.

Each of the presentations are open to the public.

Connell, who tours the state giving similar presentations, is schooled in the signs of methamphetamine laboratories, clean-up and state statutes. His presentations will include a mock methamphetamine lab and the telltale signs of its use and production, Simpson said.

Simpson, a COMA member for four years, said the presentations are COMA’s answer to recent discussions with community members who had a growing concern about the legal and health ramifications of methamphetamine use on real estate properties.

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She said information Tuesday is designed to protect “the buyer and the seller.”

The presentations will be divided into three time blocks Tuesday: 8 to 10 a.m. is catered to Realtors, 1 to 3 p.m. for contractors and 7 to 9 p.m. for the public at large. However, Simpson said anyone may attend any of the seminars they’d like to.

COMA, which includes about 30 local members and volunteers, has a stated goal of having a “proactive approach in methamphetamine identification, education, rehabilitation and eradication in our community.”

The group typically hosts three or four public presentations per year, and is planning its next seminar for spring 2009.

For more information on COMA or Tuesday’s presentations, call Simpson at 824-3048.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 875-1791, or

If you go

What: Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse public presentations

When: 8 to 10 a.m., 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Boardroom at Mountain West Insurance, 100 W. Victory Way

• Although each of the presentations Tuesday are open to the public, the morning session is catered to Realtors, the afternoon to contractors and the evening to the public at large.

For more information, call COMA activities director Shirley Simpson at 824-3048.