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 made in a "lab" may be stationary such as those in a dwelling or mobile involving a vehicle or backpack. These "labs" produce small amount of methamphetamine using common products and containers. As of September 30 of this year, the number of methamphetamine lab incidents in Maine was 45 which is a reduction from the 107 found during this same time period in 2016. The decline in lab incidents is most likely due to increased supply of manufactured methamphetamine from outside of the state, something we all need to be concerned about. If you find or suspect a lab, contact your local law enforcement agency, Sheriff's office (Maine Sheriff's Association) or call the New England Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222
Maine Methamphetamine Prevention Toolkit (PDF) The Methamphetamine Prevention Toolkit is an early intervention and prevention strategy for Maine communities. The Toolkit is designed to raise awareness about methamphetamine production and use, and to provide prevention, intervention and public safety resources.
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.
Methamphetamine in Maine (PowerPoint): Understanding the drug and what you can do at the community level.
Maine Methamphetamine Trends (PDF): 2013 Maine Methamphetamine Prevention Project report on trends in Maine.
What you can do
If you find a discarded plastic bottle that contains an unknown substance, do not pick it up or open it.
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