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Crystal Meth Task Force holding consultation meetings across Alberta


Edmonton... The Crystal Meth Task Force headed by Colleen Klein and Dr. Robert Westbury is holding province-wide consultation meetings with the key stakeholders and organizations on issues surrounding the abuse of crystal meth and other forms of methamphetamine.

“Crystal meth is a complex problem and we can only address it by talking to and learning from those impacted and affected by the drug,” said Colleen Klein. “When this Task Force reaches out and talks to our youth, treatment facilities, police officers, aboriginal people, our communities and others, only then will our province will be in a better position to fight this drug and improve the future for our young people.”

The Task Force has divided into a number of issue-specific cluster groups each tasked with consulting stakeholders. Law enforcement, youth, aboriginal people, healing, industry and community are the key areas of focus. Consultation meetings will run through until the end of May and will help the Task Force better understand the crystal meth issue and to develop recommendations for their final report.

The Premier’s Task Force on Crystal Meth is also calling on the general public to provide input on the issue of crystal meth and methamphetamines. “It is important to hear from all Albertans,” said Dr. Westbury. “We will gather a variety of perspectives; the knowledge that we gain through our entire consultation process will allow us to develop the most thorough and holistic solutions to this growing and dangerous drug problem.”

Albertans can provide their feedback through the Alberta Government website. All feedback provided to the website will be kept confidential and the Task Force will collect comments until July 1, 2006. To provide your comments or to learn more please go to: .

The Task Force is made up of community representatives leading Alberta’s response to the growing problem of crystal meth abuse.


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