FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 22, 2004
GOVERNOR APPOINTS METH TASK FORCE MEMBERS
NASHVILLE Governor Phil Bredesen today named 20 Tennesseans from across the state to serve on the Governors Task Force on Methamphetamine Abuse.
Members of the Task Force represent a broad cross-section of expertise, including law enforcement, health care, education and human services. The panel also includes 12 ex-officio members who will provide general advice and counsel to the core group.
The proliferation of meth represents a clear and present danger to the health and well being of our children and our general population, Bredesen said. Im grateful these qualified Tennesseans have agreed to serve and bring their knowledge and experience to bear.
The Task Forces first meeting is scheduled for April 27 at the State Capitol in Nashville. Subsequent meetings will be held in communities across the state.
The Task Force, established by executive order on April 7, is charged with developing a comprehensive strategy for addressing the manufacture, trafficking and abuse of methamphetamine in Tennessee. Task Force recommendations are due to the Governor no later than September 1.
Methamphetamine, a powerfully addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system, is produced in clandestine laboratories across Tennessee with relatively inexpensive over-the-counter ingredients. The drug has been on the rise in recent years. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that Tennessee now accounts for 75% of meth lab seizures in the Southeast.
Members of the Governors Task Force on Methamphetamine Abuse include:
Ken Givens, Chair
Tennessee Department of Agriculture
15th Senate District
43rd House District
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor
Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services
City of Tullahoma
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
District Public Defender
21st Judicial District
Community Outreach and
Government Relations Manager
Mountain States Health Alliance
Hamilton Middle School
Chief of Police
City of Morristown
Lillie Ann Sells
Criminal Court Judge
13th Judicial District
Emergency Medical Director
Cookeville Regional Medical Center
Southern Tennessee Medical Center
District Attorney General
15th Judicial District
Chief of Police
City of Kingston
5th Senate District
38th House District
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance
Tennessee Department of Military
Tennessee Department of Human Services
Tennessee Department of Childrens Services
Tennessee Department of Safety
Tennessee Department of Health
Tennessee Department of Education
Assistant Special Agent in Charge
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration