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Congressman Scott DesJarlais (TN-04) is committed to developing a comprehensive strategy to combat the serious problem of methamphetamine production in Tennessee, which is currently the top-ranking state in the nation for meth lab seizures.

In order to craft the best possible approach for fighting Tennessee’s meth problem, Congressman DesJarlais has launched the “End Tennessee’s Meth Problem” campaign to solicit ideas from individuals across Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District.

As part of the campaign, Representative DesJarlais and his staff have already spoken directly with local sheriffs throughout the district, and are planning to host several law enforcement roundtables in the coming weeks. By meeting with law enforcement, Congressman DesJarlais hopes to gain a better understanding of what tools and resources authorities need to safely and effectively clean up meth labs and curb meth production in Tennessee.

Additionally, DesJarlais has also provided a way for his constituents to submit their suggestions directly to him through his Congressional Web site. Concerned individuals can visit and click on the “End Tennessee’s Meth Problem” stop sign to offer their solutions for fixing Tennessee’s meth problem. The congressman will compile these ideas, along with those from local law enforcement officials, and use them as the basis for developing an approach for addressing this issue at the federal level.

“Meth production is a very serious, very complex problem for not only our district, but for the entire state of Tennessee and across our nation,” said Congressman Scott DesJarlais.  “For that reason, I want to make sure that we develop the right approach in Congress to effectively deal with this issue. In order to do that, I need to hear as many different opinions on this subject as possible. So far, I have been incredibly pleased with the quantity and the quality of information I’ve received from both law enforcement officials and everyday individuals. Their ideas have already proven to be an invaluable resource for me, and provide evidence that my constituents are clearly concerned about this issue. I’m thankful for all of those who are participating in the fight against meth production and look forward to working with them in finding a solution.”