Government Officials, Law Enforcement, and Retail Representatives from 18 States Attend Leadership Training Session for National Meth Watch Program

Over 50 state officials from across the nation to attend two-day meeting on creating public/private partnerships to reduce local meth production

Washington, D.C. (July 8, 2004)—State government officials, statewide law enforcement, and retail representatives from 18 states attended a leadership training session in Washington, D.C., July 8-9, designed to help states create Meth Watch programs in their communities. Meth Watch, a national program announced June 15 by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), gives retailers and law enforcement the tools to work together to deter the theft or suspicious sale of certain household products—most notably over-the-counter (OTC) medicines containing pseudoephedrine and ephedrine—commonly being used to manufacture the illegal street drug, methamphetamine. (Audio of the National Press Club launch event is available under the heading “Consumer Healthcare Products Association Launches National Initiative Against Meth” at http://www.methwatch.com/Media/media_index.aspx.)

The two-day session, organized and sponsored by CHPA, explains how the Meth Watch program was first implemented and administered in Kansas and provides detailed guidance to attendees on the best practices for implementing public/private partnerships to guarantee the success of Meth Watch in their home states. Speakers at the event include leaders from the Kansas program, CHPA President Linda A. Suydam, D.P.A, Scott Collier, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Scott Burns, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). States registered to attend the July training include: Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. “CHPA and our partners are excited about the high level of interest states have shown in adopting Meth Watch,” said CHPA’s Suydam. “This training session helps provide states with the knowledge and tools to create a successful Meth Watch program in their own communities.”

The two-day leadership training session is only one aspect of CHPA’s involvement in helping interested states implement Meth Watch. As part of its major commitment to fight the national meth problem, CHPA has:

  • Provided a total of one million dollars in seed money to help states get their local programs started;
  • Developed a uniform Meth Watch model that is available at the MethWatch.com web site;
  • Produced a training video for retailers to use to train their employees in how participate. 

For more information about Meth Watch, please visit www.MethWatch.com or contact Elizabeth Assey at (202) 429-9260.

Contacts: Elizabeth Assey and Virginia Cox, 202.429.9260


CHPA is the 123-year-old trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplement products.