Udall Supports Bill To Address Methamphetamine Epidemic
(Washington, DC) Congressman Mark Udall (D- Eldorado Springs) todaypraised the passage of H.R. 798, the Methamphetamine Remediation Act.Udall, who is an original co-sponsor of the bill, was unable to vote for it today because he was serving jury duty in Colorado at the time of the vote.
Methamphetamine (meth) use in this country has reached epidemic proportions, particularly in rural and suburban areas. Colorado has experienced twice the national average of methamphetamine related federal sentencing. Because the production of meth is fairly simple, it is often made in people's homes, so meth production results in numerous innocent victims that have no involvement in making or using this drug. These are children in homes with a meth lab, law enforcement and social service employees, and even those people who live in the homes or hotel room's after the lab is removed.
"As meth use continues to grow it presents an increasing threat to our communities," said Udall. "We need to do more to provide law enforcement with the resources and tools they need to ensure the safety of those affected by this drug. The Methamphetamine Remediation Act provides state and local communities the tools to ensure meth labs do not have lasting affects on innocent victims. This is a good bill and I am pleased that the House of Representatives passed it today."
This bill assists state and local communities by establishing a national standard for hazardous materials teams to use when they clean former meth labs. A cooperative effort between the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Standards and Technology will evaluate how best to administer a thorough clean up of these labs.