Maine Methamphetamine Prevention Project
Maine's Methamphetamine Prevention Project is an education effort designed to:
- Increase awareness about the harm associated with methamphetamine production and use.
- Increase capacity of key institutions and community members to prevent the production and use of methamphetamine in Maine.
Methamphetamine in Maine
Methamphetamine continues to be a large problem in parts of the U.S. and Maine. Below are some of the steps Maine has taken to raise awareness and curb methamphetamine manufacture and use:
- Law to restrict the purchase of methamphetamine precursor ingredients
- Law addressing the operation of a methamphetamine manufacturing laboratory
- Maine Meth Watch Program
Methamphetamine is a dangerous drug that poses serious health and environmental dangers. Meth can be manufactured in "labs" using common household products. A methamphetamine "lab" may be stationary, such as in a dwelling, or mobile involving a vehicle or backpack. The production process is dangerous to those in and around these "labs". The chemical by-products left behind are extremely toxic and should only be cleaned up by trained professionals.
In recent years, Maine has seen a decrease in the number of methamphetamine lab incidents, most likely due to the increased supply of manufactured methamphetamine coming in from outside of the state. This is cause for concern, as meth related overdose deaths in Maine have more than tripled from seven deaths in 2016 to 26 deaths in 2018.
Maine Methamphetamine Prevention Toolkit - Update coming Soon!
Methamphetamine Fact Sheet (PDF): Increase your awareness about the manufacture and use of methamphetamine.
Tips for Property Owners (PDF): What to look for if you suspect a methamphetamine lab in your property.
Maine Methamphetamine Trends (PDF): 2013 Maine Methamphetamine Prevention Project report on trends in Maine.
What you can do
If you find evidence of a lab, or suspect any meth related activities, call your local police department, sheriff's office, or MDEA's Drug Tip Line: 1-800-452-6457 to report suspicious activities. In case of an emergency, dial 911. For treatment resources, dial 211.
In case of an emergency, dial 911. For treatment resources, dial 211