At a time when state agencies are slashing budgets and cutting employees, a round of newly released federal economic stimulus funds will allow the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics to create a two-year position aimed at fighting methamphetamine use and production in rural America, The Oklahoman reports. Federal funds will pay the salaries of the Oklahoma state methamphetamine coordinator position and positions in six other states selected for the Rural Law Enforcement Methamphetamine Initiative. The effort is an attempt to strengthen rural community responses to drug abuse.
Participating states are Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, and New Mexico. Darrell Weave, director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, said the new position allows the bureau to contract with an additional employee who will work for two years to oversee efforts to reduce meth in Oklahoma and then work with the six other state coordinators to find solutions to a nationwide problem. “This is going to be very results- and goal-oriented in nature,” Weaver said.