Frelinghuysen Hosts Meth Workshop with DEA Administrator
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) today hosted a methamphetamine safety and awareness workshop for first responders in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). DEA Administrator Karen Tandy joined the Congressman in opening the workshop, which was held in The Mansion/Hennessy Hall at Fairleigh Dickinson University s College at Florham.
More than 120 police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, rescue squad members, and heads of campus safety attended the workshop, which was designed to prepare first responders to recognize specialized problems and hazards associated with the production of methamphetamine.
Frelinghuysen said, "I'd like to thank Administrator Tandy for taking the time to be here to provide our first responders with valuable information that will help them do the great work they do on behalf of our communities and schools. Here in New Jersey, we've reaped the benefits of the DEA's tough stance on the illegal drug trade, and seen how effective partnerships between the DEA and local, state, and federal law enforcement can help protect our communities." He added, "The work that our police, fire, and emergency medical personnel do every day requires them to put their safety on the line. Today's program will provide them with valuable information that will help them protect themselves as they continue to serve us all."
"First responders are not just our first line of defense, but they are also first on the scene and the most vulnerable to the dangers of explosive meth labs. That's why today's training is so vital," said DEA Administrator Karen P. Tandy. "We've seen how meth destroys families, orphans children, and poisons the very air we breathe. I applaud New Jersey for being ahead of the curve on meth awareness and thank the community and Congressman Frelinghuysen for their support and foresight."
Rep. Frelinghuysen is the ranking Republican member on the Commerce/Justice/Science and Related Agencies subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, which oversees the budget for the Drug Enforcement Agency.