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U.S. Senate Names November Meth Prevention Month

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The U.S. Senate unanimously approves legislation to make November National Meth Prevention Month.

The idea is to increase awareness of the drug and to educate people about its dangers. In 2006, almost 750,000 Americans age 12 and older say they have used meth. And 55% of sheriff's departments say meth use is on the rise.

Tri-Cities Metro Drug Task Force Detective Brad Gregory says a psychiatrist told him a meth addiction is one of the worst. He says, "She says you can't rehab from a meth addiction like you could from coke. What it does is destroy your brain, destroy pieces of your brain."

Gregory says that from what he has seen on the streets, meth has overtaken cocaine by tenfold. He says it's a much cheaper way for people to get a very intense and very addictive high.