For Immediate Release - May 24, 2007

D.A. Blodgett Recruits National Experts To Educate Law Enforcement, Educators About Meth

District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett has invited two nationally renowned experts to train law enforcement, educators, child protection agencies, and drug treatment and prevention experts on the problems that methamphetamine causes, in an effort to prevent the drug from taking root here in Massachusetts.

Peter Carlisle, Prosecuting Attorney for the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Senior Detective Marc Bender from the Riverside County Sheriff's Office in Riverside, California, are the featured speakers at the conference, "Facing the Reality to Avoid the Nightmare." It will take place on Friday, June 15, from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., at the Peabody Marriott Hotel on Centennial Drive.

The conference will focus on the dangers that meth imposes on users, children, the environment, the community and first responders. It will also discuss meth-related crimes and prevention strategies.

"I think it is important to prepare ourselves for this drug when the rest of the country has seen utter devastation in its wake. It's better to be prepared and not need it, than to sit and wait for a disaster," said District Attorney Blodgett.

Detective Bender is a 23-year veteran of law enforcement, serving 13 of those years with the Major Narcotics Team. He has investigated over 1,500 clandestine meth labs, and has been an instructor for the California Narcotics Association, the International Clandestine Lab Association, and the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services.

In Hawaii the meth crisis spans generations. As a result, Prosecuting Attorney Carlisle developed a presentation to help educate and promote community awareness and involvement to deal with the issue. Topics include the production of meth in "user" clandestine labs, the stages of meth use, and the physical and mental effects of addiction.

The media are encouraged to attend this conference.