One of the greatest crime problems facing many states has been the production, sale, and use of methamphetamines. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has labeled methamphetamine, a highly addictive drug with potent central nervous system stimulant properties, second only to alcohol and marijuana as the drug used most frequently in many Midwestern and Western states. For several years, Indiana has ranked among the top five states of methamphetamine production, leading law enforcement officials and legislators to search for answers to halt the spread of production and use. Through its Meth Free project, Sagamore helped the State of Indiana to become a leader in the fight against methamphetamine production and usage. The project sponsored a series of regional summits where law enforcement officials and policymakers could exchange ideas and develop a strategic plan for a unified and integrated response to methamphetamines. Collaborating with the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and the Governor’s Office, the project identified key stakeholders, developed initiatives, and forged partnerships that have been working to combat the manufacture and sale of meth in Indiana.
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