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Community organizations launch new anti-meth public awareness campaign

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YAKIMA, Wash. - A series of public service ads launched this week across the Yakima Valley to spread awareness about the destructive effects of meth and other drugs.

Community organizations and the Yakima County Sheriff's Office are leading the effort.  The ads will run for the next two months in English and Spanish. 

Yakima County Sheriff Ken Irwin was at the event announcing the new campaign.  He says they are making progress on reducing drug use but have more work to do.

"Meth use might be down some, as far as new labs and that sort of thing," he said.   "It's still out there, it still causes a lot of crime and you have to stay after this."

The new campaign is lead by Citizens for Safe Communities and the Yakima County Meth Action Team.  Donations from the sheriff's and attorney general's offices help to fund the ads.  KNDO-TV is also a sponsor in the effort.