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Walden Asks Homeland Security Secretary for Help with the Fight Against Meth

Location: June 8, 2005

Walden Asks Homeland Security Secretary for Help with the Fight Against Meth
Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Letter to Secretary Chertoff highlights Oregon's problems with meth; urges DHS to take action on international efforts to combat the dangerous narcotic

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) today sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff in which he outlined the severity of Oregon's methamphetamine problem and asked what steps the Congress could take to assist the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in their efforts to help combat the scourge of meth through work with our border countries.

"The war on meth must be fought with a multi-pronged approach. We are taking steps to fight the production of meth on our own soil through limiting access to precursor ingredients, supporting educational efforts and providing necessary resources to law enforcement. However, as we make progress here in America, we cannot ignore the rising threat posed by the manufacture of this substance abroad. A multi-pronged approach to this problem, one containing both domestic and international efforts, is necessary to eliminate the production, trafficking and use of this drug," said Walden.

"I commend the work already underway within various federal agencies and departments to work with our neighbors as we fight to keep this poison out of our communities. Operation Northern Star with Canada has made significant progress in battling meth from the north, and we are engaged in numerous training opportunities in Mexico to help curb the problem from the south," he added. "I look forward to working with Secretary Chertoff and the Department of Homeland Security as well as the other federal agencies and departments engaged in this battle as we move forward in finding solutions."

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