Young Farmers and Ranchers Embrace Idaho Meth Project
By Jake Putnam
By Jake Putnam
(BURLEY) The Idaho Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Rancher organization is putting their money where their worries are, the Idaho Meth Project. At their annual meeting in Burley the group voted unanimously to throw support behind the Project with fundraising activities throughout the year and pledged $700.00 on the spot.
We realize that there is a growing problem here in Idaho, we’re a big producer and so we’re supporting the Idaho Meth Project,” said YF and R chairman Chris Dalley of Blackfoot. “For the simple fact that it affects our communities, affects what we’re doing. People are stealing just to buy the meth. It impacts our families and the kids we’re trying to raise.”
Megan Ronk of the Idaho Meth Project addressed the gathering of Young Farmers and Ranchers and her frank message served as a wake-up call those gathered at he Best Western in Burley.
“The nature of meth amphetamine in Idaho is that it tends to be rural and isolated. People can do this drug under the darkness of night and no one’s asking questions. Idahoans are not seeing what’s going on; that’s why rural communities in the state have been so plagued by this drug,” said Ronk.
Ronk told the conference that there has never been a drug as powerful, addictive and quick to destroy lives and communities as Methamphetamine. She stated that meth is the top drug of choice and the #1 drug problem in Idaho.
“Its time that we all start looking around us and being a little more vigilant about what is happening in our communities, our state and especially as it relates to our youngest Idahoans, we need to ensure that they don’t go down that road,” added Ronk.
Ronk said the average meth user in the Idaho court system has a $3600 a month drug habit. Sixty-three percent of all people in felony drug court are meth addicts, while Idaho spends an estimated $66-million dollars a year to house meth addicted inmates.
The goal of the Meth project is arm teens and young adults with the facts about Meth so they can make well informed decisions when presented with the opportunity to try it. “We’re putting more of our emphasis on the Meth Project because we see something that’s affecting us more directly right now,” said Dalley.
Ronk went on to say the average Idaho meth user in the court system has a $3600 a month drug habit. Sixty-three percent of all people in felony drug court are meth addicts, while Idaho spends an estimated $66-million dollars a year to house addicts.