San Juan County, NM is beautiful, but some of what
lies within is disturbing.
62% of counties with the population
less than 25,000 reported an
increase in meth abuse.
New Mexico had 36 meth labs seized with 7 of
those involving minors in 2008-2009.
In addition, there were 10 meth dump sites
discovered between 2008-2009.
Meth labs pose a danger to those near and around it including:
shortness of breath, chemical burns to the eyes, nose, mouth, and
skin, and even death.
Waste dump sites pose a threat to animals, plants, trees, and
potential water systems.
In 2007-2008, 22,153.47 grams of meth were seized throughout
New Mexico. IN 2008-2009, 89,259.64 grams were seized. A clear
indication that despite the efforts of decreasing the problem, the
problem still weights heavy.
Members of the community suffer not only physical effects of
meth, but also the mental and emotional.
Even the innocent suffer. Children are being born addicted to meth and
suffering developmental problems. Young children are sexually,
physically, mentally, and emotionally abused by members of their family
Get the community involved. A constant
reminder is needed to keep the community
actively working together to make change
Availability of more affordable activities for the public
may curb the boredom associated with small towns.
Can it be done?
YES! It can be done. San Juan County is
given grants to help fund drug awareness for
the community. Volunteer work can also
make it happen! The cost of creating more
activities will still cost less than it would cost
the county in incarcerating, treating, and
cleaning up after meth