OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF 2005 -- (House of Representatives - March 09, 2006)
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Mr. CHABOT. Mr. Chairman, I yield myself such time as I may consume.
I rise today in support of a bipartisan amendment that I have drafted with several Members of the Meth Caucus to address the national methamphetamine epidemic our Nation faces. I have offered this amendment along with Representatives BOSWELL, CALVERT, CANNON and LARSEN of Washington; and I would like to thank all of these gentlemen for their leadership in not only drafting this amendment but in working very hard in this fight against drugs in our country.
Specifically, I wanted to highlight the provisions of the amendment that would create a National Methamphetamine Information Clearinghouse. Several communities in my State have expressed the need to obtain and share information related to methamphetamine abuse and addiction. The national database would promote sharing of best practices among the law enforcement, prevention, treatment, and social services communities.
The database will be governed by an advisory council comprised of members from a variety of agencies and organizations. This council will be responsible for monitoring these submissions to the clearinghouse and making sure that information found on the site is accurate, up to date and useful.
The methamphetamine problem has grown at a dramatic rate and is now considered the most significant drug abuse problem in the country, surpassing marijuana. The impact of this problem has hit local law enforcement and communities with dramatic, direct, and collateral consequences.
The National Association of Counties recently published a survey that shows that 60 percent of responding counties stated that methamphetamine was their largest drug problem, 60 percent of these. Sixty-seven percent reported increases in meth-related arrests.
I will continue to support measures such as these and the Meth Elimination Act that was included in the PATRIOT Act to crack down on meth users and give local law enforcement and the public at large tools to help fight this national epidemic.
I would like to thank all those sponsors, Mr. Boswell and others who have been very active in this effort, for being cosponsors and supporters of this particular legislation.
Mr. Chairman, I reserve the balance of my time.
The Acting CHAIRMAN. Who seeks time in opposition to the bill?
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