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Other Voices: Fighting meth requires awareness

Today meth is called many things, including crank, crystal, rocks, zip and many others. As Nevada County Meth Action Team, we decided that we should call ourselves UPZIP, because we have been trying to prevent the youth of Nevada County from even trying meth once.

Over this summer and spring we have accomplished, huge amount of activities. Some including: Held booths, presentations, and current and future social events.

UNZIP has co-held booths with the youth sector of the collision for a drug free Nevada county including the Grass Valley Street Market and the Nevada county fair. At the market we showed local bands, played fun games, and had raffles. Co-holding the booth at the fair was fun, we had free prizes, information, and show cased the art from the festival in May. UNZIP held a booth at the walk for recovery in Nevada City and participated in the parade to the court house and back. At the booth we showed some more art, support, and brochures.

As a group based on youth we all did our part and did presentations. Many in front of different types of schools and juvenile hall, other coalitions, and youth and adults clubs. We did presentations at Park Avenue Schools, Grizzly Hill Middle School, Earle Jamison Continuation School, and a few small ones at Nevada Union High School. Our entire group when up to Truckee and participated in a quarterly meeting of all the sectors including law enforcement, education, youth, social services, faith based, probation and more. Some of the clubs that we presented to were the Soroptomists, Rotary, Lions.

We had a youth member write a letter to the Dollar Store because inappropriate pens that could resemble needles and if we are trying to stop the use of meth we shouldn’t joke with the tools.

Nevada County Meth Action Teams plans on having a community picnic this fall. There will be fun games and information on the rest of the year. Back in May we had an art and film contest with a festival and awarded in the adult section Robert Frazier and Cami Young. For youth we awarded Jakob Zydonis and Belozaire Bernardi. For the film Richard Monroe and Mary Graebner won first and second place. The top winners in youth and adult got to have there art placed on the back of the buses.

If you would like to learn more about our group and methamphetamines, you can contact UNZIP on myspace at http://www.myspace.com/ncmet, at http://www.unzipfnl.com or at http://www.nevadacountymethactionteam.com.

Chelsea Forkner, 16.


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