January 18th, 2007 | by Kyle Cassidy News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Oregon Public Methage

     
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Those of you hoping to leave meth coverage in 2006 shouldn't get your hopes too high.

On Tuesday, January 23rd at 10 pm, Oregon Public Broadcasting will air an exploration of the State's progress in our war against meth. The program, called “Meth: The Oregon Front 2007” will be hosted by OPB's Colin Fogerty. He will be joined by three experts from the documentary, “Frontline: The Meth Epidemic” which aired in 2006.

According to the OPB press release…

Bob Bovett of the Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Association will celebrate the state's progress by describing Oregon's steep decline in meth-lab seizures.

Rita Sullivan, therapist and administrator at On Track in Medford will explain how our progress against meth still leaves us far from our goal of ending the epidemic.

Meth's most formidable opponent, The Oregonian's Steve Suo [Ed note: who was subject to scrutiny by Willamette Week last march for possible “tweaking” of statistics] will join the panel to discuss how new laws that hamper meth cartels in Mexico may allow Chinese gangs to fill the gap.


Progress? Far from our goal? International terror gangs? This sounds familiar. Maybe meth is a weapons of mass destruction. OPB and The Oregonian have made a valiant effort to inform the public about meth-use in Oregon. But has the constant coverage turned a real but not necessarily “epidemic” problem into a spooky story to be milked by journalists on a slow news day?

You be the judge. Tune in on Tuesday, January 23rd at 10 pm. The panel will immediately follow a rebroadcast of the documentary “Frontline: The Meth Epidemic” which starts at 9 pm.
 
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