3. New Summary of Attorney General's Office Actions to Fight Meth
Attorney General Tom Miller was a leading advocate of legislation that made pseudoephedrine a "pharmacy only" drug in Iowa. Since the effective date of this law, clandestine meth labs in Iowa have been reduced by more than 75 percent. Attorney General Miller was also among the first in the nation to oppose an attempt by Congress to preempt much tougher state restrictions such as those to be found in Iowa. [News Statement]
Attorney General Miller employs five prosecutors whose sole duty is to pursue major methamphetamine drug cases. As part of a methamphetamine-specific initiative of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, these five High Intensity Drug Traffic Area (HIDTA) assistant attorneys general are cross-deputized to prosecute cases in the federal district courts of Iowa. [More Information]
General Miller's staff trains Iowa's prosecutors and police officers in methamphetamine enforcement. During spring of 2006, drug enforcement training for law enforcement officers was held at four Iowa locations. Miller's staff also issues a Drug Enforcement Update newsletter to more than four hundred Iowa officers and agencies involved in the battle against methamphetamine.
Iowa's Drug-Endangered Children (DEC) Program is coordinated by the Office of Attorney General Tom Miller. DEC is a multi-disciplinary initiative designed to break the cycle of neglect and abuse associated with meth and other substance abusing care-givers. This approach leverages the resources of the criminal justice system, human services, juvenile court and the public health system to address the safety and well-being of children, and hold neglectful and abusive parents accountable. [More Information]
Attorney General Tom Miller has led the fight to increase state support for drug treatment as an important component of Iowa's strategy to fight meth and other drugs. He argues that, to be effective against meth, the state must employ a three-pronged approach of prevention, prosecution, and treatment. Miller's 2006 treatment funding proposal called for increased funding for drug courts and for treatment programs for meth-addicted parents. Federal studies show that criminal activity declines sharply among those who complete treatment. Moreover, these studies show that each dollar spent on drug treatment pays at least a $4 return in health care savings and increased productivity. [More Information]