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Plan · Sampson County
Response Protocol · Board Minutes · Committee
10-19-05 · 01-03-06
Sampson County Meth Task Force
Meeting January 3, 2006
The Sampson County Meth Task Force met on January 3, 2006 at Sampson
Community College in the Warren Student Center Boardroom.
Chair, J.W. Simmons, called the meeting to order at 8:30 am.
Present: J.W. Simmons; Sarah Bradshaw; Amber Cava; John Wengert;
Dail Eason; Brenda Fisher; Stewart Hobbs; Pam Hamblen; Renee’ White;
Mary Margaret Hobbs; Geraldine Shipp; Kelly Page; Ruth Holland;
Dennis Newton; and Cory Oliver.
J.W. Simmons introduced Ms. Kelly Page with the SBI who is from
Wilson, NC. One of her main duties is responding to Meth lab reports.
Ms. Page was asked to elaborate on her duties. She presently covers
54 counties. Kelly feels that the work of the Sampson County Meth
Task Force is very impressive. She refers other counties to Sampson
County for information. The number of Meth labs in the state for
2004 was 322; 2005 was 325. She added that the new legislature
will hopefully impact the growth of Meth labs in the state.
The minutes from the October 19, 2005 meeting were approved by
the group with a motion from Sarah Bradshaw and seconded by Mary
Meth Summit: J.W. informed the group that Sarah
Bradshaw, Amber Cava, Jenny Wood, John Wengert, and he have been
working on the plans for the Meth Summit for January 25 th. Sarah
continued by informing everyone that Amber Cava had created the
brochure for the event which includes a full agenda. Amber added
that she’d sent the brochure to other county Chamber members.
Sarah continued that she’d also sent the brochure to the
Director listserve. She feels the surrounding counties will attend.
There is a January 13 th deadline for registration. The day of
the Summit, meeting registration will be from 8:30 to 9:00. Jason
Greillner will be the first speaker with Dan Heinz following. During
lunch, Roy Copper, Attorney General, will speak about combating
Meth. The Summit falls 10 days after the effective date of the
new restrictions on pseudoephedrine.
Kelly Page explained the new law for the Task Force. There will
be a 2 limit purchase per customer, per transaction of products
that have pseudoephedrine in them. They will be required to be
stored behind pharmacy counters. People will have to show i.d.
for any purchase of these products and their names will show in
a database. At this time, gelcaps and liquid form have been left
out of this law. Theft is a big problem with it being accessible
as it is now. The fact that it has to be placed behind the pharmacy
counters will prohibit the sale at businesses that don’t
have a pharmacy: i.e. most grocery stores, convenience stores,
etc. It will take awhile to get enforcement of sales at these locations
into place. The law goes into effect January 15 th. J.W. added
that the key to preventing the manufacture of Meth is cutting back
on the volume of sales of these necessary ingredients.
Sarah Bradshaw continued with information on the plans for the
Summit. They are hoping to have a former Meth addict as a speaker.
J.W. added that someone on the website had shared an interest in
helping in any way they could. Sarah further stated that Worth
Bolton will be the afternoon speaker and is very interesting. She
thanked John Wengert for all the support with the facility expenses.
Sara Boyer from Star Telephone has also been a great help to Amber
and Sarah. Jenny Wood from Eastpointe is working on getting support
for the break refreshment expenses. They need a head count by the
13 th in order to estimate for food needed. They are working on
monetary contributions as well for all expenses. J.W. interjected
that the registration fee for attendance is to support Jason Greillner’s
flight, lodging and food. Star Telephone is paying for the Agri-Expo
Sarah mentioned that Brett with Sampson Independent will be doing
an article before the event and someone from the newspaper will
be there the 25 th to cover the story.
Other Discussion: Per J.W., the brochure for
the Meth Summit is being placed on-line by Chris Rayner so that
it can be accessed by the public. WCLN is also going to do a promotion
for the event. J.W. also advised the Task Force to go to the website
and read the testimonials that are there. This section is very
important and is completely anonymous. They are also screened for
profanity before they are added. It would be good if the information
about Meth addiction could get into the churches, businesses and
to the general public because this is the strategic battle plan.
He reminded the group to send links to Chris Rayner that they feel
should be added. Sarah mentioned that she’s amazed at things
Chris has done with the website and statewide, other DSS directors
are looking at it. Chris has done an outstanding job for us.
Mission Statement: Sarah realized that the Task
Force was supposed to work on a mission statement and drafted one
prior to the meeting. A copy was passed out for the Task Force
members to review. J.W. asked that the members look it over and
to let us know if they saw a need to make changes to it. The following
is the statement shared:
The Mission of the Sampson County METH Task Force
is to confront the Methamphetamine Crisis by providing intervention
opportunities designed to prevent or break the cycle of drug
abuse caused by those who manufacture, sell or use Methamphetamine.
Other Discussion: J.W. discussed the important
need to look at developing curriculum to educate schools. Cory
Oliver added that education is the key. Developing a teaching tool
that could possibly be used in schools, businesses and churches
will have a positive impact. Stewart Hobbs added that the biggest
problem is incorporating something new into the existing program
and that resources also pose a problem. J.W. added that the funding
issues would be workable. Sarah interjected that there are grants
that can be obtained for programs for schools but, Sampson County
doesn’t have a grant writer. We would have to contract one
out to work on this for us.
Brenda Fisher informed them about the following: Robeson County
has had grants to work on this type of program in their schools.
They went in to reach 3 rd graders and did an All-Star Program.
The children worked 1 hour a week and received certificates when
they completed the curriculum. This program could possibly be purchased
to use. J.W. added that the Task Force could look at programs that
already exist. Renee White, Stewart Hobbs and Brenda Fisher volunteered
as a subcommittee to work on this effort. Dennis Newton volunteered
to check on a person for grant writing.
J.W. informed the group that Chris Hatcher, who was with Eastpointe,
is now with the Department of Corrections in Kenansville and will
be unable to continue with us. Jenny Wood will now be directly
involved with the Task Force. Area law enforcement will be starting
intensive training next week in relation to clandestine labs.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 am.