A new Colorado task force hopes to ease the crisis caused by methamphetamine use – an addiction that is sending more than twice as many people into treatment than in years past, reports the Rocky Mountain News. The task force, created by the legislature and funded by a $50,000 grant from the El Pomar Foundation, held its first meeting yesterday. The 27-member group is made up of workers from various agencies. “Meth abuse in Colorado has risen to extremely dangerous levels,” said Attorney General John Suthers, panel chairman. “The damage meth inflicts on our communities and economy is immeasurable.”
Lt. Lori Moriarty, a drug task force commander, said members will work to improve communication among agencies. For example, when police bust a meth lab in a house occupied by juveniles, officers should contact social services to help provide a proper home for the children. “Most times, we are focused on the arrests,” she said.