U.S. Drug Czar to Unveil New Anti-Meth Campaign in Drug's Hotspot: St. Louis

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Whatever your feelings about the Obama administration, you can't say that the president's office ignores St. Louis.

Obama chose to visit the nearby suburb of Arnold for his 100th day in office. A couple month's later the prez returned to St. Louis to throw out the first pitch at the All-Star Game. And next week, one of his top officials, "Drug Czar" Gil Kerlikowske, will touchdown in St. Louis for another public event. Only this time, it's nothing to be proud of.

On Tuesday (Sept. 1) at St. Louis City Hall, Kerlikowske will unveil a new, national meth advertising and prevention blitz.

So why choose St. Louis to announce this program?

Because Missouri currently ranks first in the Nation for DEA-reported meth lab seizures and incidents.

In fact, according to the Jefferson County sheriff's department, Missouri led the U.S. last year with one-in-five meth busts nationwide occurring right here in the Show-Me State. And some 200 of those busts occurred in Jefferson County -- just south of St. Louis.

The drug czar's new anti-meth campaign will also target 15 other states where meth busts are also high. Those states include Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

The campaign is to include billboards, television, print, radio and online advertising.

Next Tuesday's event begins at 10 a.m. in the City Hall rotunda.

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