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Public Forum Tackles Meth's Effects on Indians

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TOPPENISH, Wash. - Informing the public about the dangers of Meth in the Indian community was the topic of a forum in Toppenish on Monday night.

Tribal and local government officials joined forces to inform the people of Toppenish about its rising Meth problem.

The people in attendance at the Yakama Agency Eagle Seelatsee Auditorium on Fort Road... asked questions and talked with local law enforcement officials as well as community leaders.

Their main concern was Meth' effects on indians.

Toppenish resident Calvin Charley, who attended the event, said it's important for people to know how to stay away from meth.

He said it's easy to get, but people need to realize how it ruins relationships

Charley also said it's even more important for children to learn about the dangers of Meth.

"It saves lives to keep families together," he said. "Keep the business, keep this valley prosperous."

During the presentation, substance abuse counselors handed out pamphlets with information about Meth.

Many children were in the audience and they were quick to ask questions about the subject, even quicker than some adults.