A 2007 survey of United States counties listed methamphetamine use their most serious drug problem. In 2008 the Idaho Meth Project formed and has been combating the epidemic ever since.
Now, the group is raising awareness as part of national Drug Facts Awareness Week.
According to statistics, the graphic public service announcements employed by the group have been effective with teen meth use in the Gem State dropping by 50 percent since the Idaho Meth Project's inception.
Gina Heideman, Executive Director for the Idaho Meth Project, says the drop is a credit to all the different groups working together to end meth use.
"Not only are we doing a great job as a statewide non-profit, but so are our partners in law enforcement, the health care community, and other anti-drug coalitions," said Heideman. "So, it's encouraging to see that number drop year after year, which means eventually we will catch up to that adult population that's the real burden on the State of Idaho with the cost of treatment and incarceration and all that."
The Idaho Meth Project will be in Pocatello this Thursday presenting to students at Pocatello High School.
For more information on meth use in the Gem State you can visit the Idaho Meth Project website