Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team to Provide Information on Local Drug Trends

RAPID CITY, SD- The number of Meth arrests has been increasing for the past two years. In fact, we have already passed the number of arrests for 2009 as of August 20, 2010. In Pennington County, the number is already 31% higher than last year. 2009 statewide arrests were 68% higher than 2008. What’s behind these increases? The MAPP-SD Rapid City Meth Coalition has invited officers from UNET (Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team) to talk about what they are seeing and what may be behind the recent increases. Community members interested in learning more may attend our quarterly “Lunch and Learn” meeting on:

Thursday, October 21

12:00-1:00 pm

Youth & Family Services’ Girls Inc.

120 E Adams Street

Representatives from UNET will talk about Meth and other drug trends. They will explain how much the newer portable “Shake & Bake” method of manufacturing Meth seen nationally has contributed to this trend, and what the dangers of this method are to the community.

The MAPP-SD Rapid City Meth Coalition meets monthly to plan events and activities to raise awareness in the community of the dangers of Meth. Previous activities have included presentations for Realtors, property managers, hotel and motel staff, parents and community members, social service agency staff and volunteers and more. The Coalition also invites speakers on a quarterly basis to discuss another angle on the Meth problem and/or solutions in our region. Previous speakers have included members of the Northern Hills Drug Court team, law enforcement, Child Protective Services, the Governor’s Statewide Meth Task Force, former Meth users, family members and others impacted by the drug. All of the Coalition’s meetings are open to the community and anyone can become a part of the efforts.

MAPP-SD is a project of Prairie View Prevention Services. The goal of MAPP-SD is to reduce meth use by increasing community awareness of the dangers of meth. Rapid City has participated in MAPP-SD since January 2004.

For more information about MAPP-SD and how meth impacts the community, visit us on the Web at www.mappsd.org or contact MAPP-SD Community Coordinator Nikkole Abbas at 716-7802.

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