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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
FEBRUARY 15, 2006
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GOVERNOR'S ANTI-METH CAMPAIGN TAKEN TO EMPLOYERS
TN DEPT. LABOR & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SPREADS MESSAGE

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is partnering with Governor Bredesen and his “Meth Destroys” educational campaign. Employers across the state will learn about the dangers of methamphetamine through the Drug Free Workplace program and local presentations made at Workforce Employer Outreach Committee (WEOC) meetings. A PowerPoint presentation, a 5-minute video message and brochures will be given to employers to increase awareness about the highly addictive, destructive drug.

Bredesen launched the $1.5 million dollar campaign statewide in 2005. Last spring he passed legislation to control the sale of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient used to make meth, and strengthened criminal penalties for manufacturers. He also invested another $750,000 for lab-response and legal training for local law enforcement and first responders. As a result of those actions methamphetamine lab busts were cut by half in Tennessee.

“The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development is a great partner in our fight against methamphetamine,” said Governor Bredesen. “Creating public awareness is a crucial first step in addressing the problem. Meth’s reach extends far beyond those who are addicted; it can destroy everything it touches -- lives, families, and businesses.”

“It is critical that we provide employers with the necessary materials to educate themselves and their employees about the inherent dangers of meth,” said Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley, “We expect to reach more than 2,000 employers and in turn, thousands more employees, with this campaign and help eliminate methamphetamine use in Tennessee.”

Beginning this month, the TDLWD’s Employer Service Specialists will show the materials to employers across the state at WEOC meetings. Jim Farmer, Director of the Drug Free Workplace program, will also give the presentations.

To request the Drug Free Workplace Information Kit or presentation please contact Jim Farmer at (615) 532-1321 or email James.Wallace.Farmer@state.tn.us. For more information on the Workforce Employer Outreach committee in your area call Danna Douglas at (615) 741-7374 or email Danna.Douglas@state.tn.us. Employers can also visit the “Meth Destroys” Web site at www.MethFreeTN.org or contact their local district attorney for more information or campaign materials.

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