Grassley bringing national attention to Iowa’s meth battle

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is hosting a field hearing next Tuesday in Des Moines to discuss the ongoing fight against methamphetamine in Iowa.

“During my 99 county meetings I often hear from constituents and law enforcement officials about how severe the meth problem is in Iowa, and how it’s changing.  The hearing is designed to bring awareness to current trends concerning meth use and distribution in Iowa and explore ways that the federal government can help address the problem,” Grassley said.

Iowa is one of many states that face the evolving challenge of combating meth use.  While state and federal laws have helped to limit meth production in Iowa, Mexican drug cartels are now flooding the state and nation with cheaper, more addictive meth. The latest data indicates that meth labs are at an all-time low in Iowa, but treatment admissions are at an all-time high.

Witnesses from Iowa dedicated to battling meth abuse will share their experiences and expertise at the hearing.  Additionally, Iowans are welcome to submit written testimony to the hearing record.  The hearing is open to the public and the media.

WHAT:           Senate Judiciary Committee field hearing titled “The New Era in the Fight Against Methamphetamine in Iowa”
WHEN:           Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m.
WHERE:         Cowles-Kruidenier Auditorium of the State Historical Building, 600 East Locust Street, Des Moines

The hearing will also air live throughout Iowa on Mediacom, channel 22.