Rural America has been hit especially hard by the highly addictive and dangerous drug methamphetamine. To help educate rural children about the dangers of this drug and its manufacturing, which is often done in rural areas, the Progressive Agriculture Foundation is creating a new education module which can be offered through its Safety Day program.
"Methamphetamine abuse is a growing problem in rural America," said Randy J. Bernhardt, executive director of development, Progressive Agriculture Foundation. "As the number of users and rural manufacturing increases, we see a bigger need for more education and awareness."
The Progressive Agricultural Foundation, with the financial support of five leading agriculture organizations, is working to raise awareness of the dangers of methamphetamine by creating the Methamphetamine Awareness Program. Monsanto Company, Agriliance, Agrium, PotashCorp and the Rosen Family Foundation have joined forces to provide financial support for creation of the program which will help educate rural America about the financial, physical and mental damage meth does to users and their communities.
A recent survey reported that meth labs in rural areas increased by 65% and meth abuse by rural Americans has increased by 82%. Authorities report that the number of rural meth labs has increased significantly because of the privacy meth lab producers have in rural areas versus urban areas, as well as access to farm chemicals, which aid producers in the making of meth.