I want to help get meth
out of South Dakota

You. Your neighbors. Your fellow South Dakotans are bound by the problem of meth. You’ve seen meth’s effects on the faces you know and even those you don’t. Now is not the time to discriminate, but to band together. Because meth affects everyone, and we need everyone to beat it.

Community of Advocacy

Whether you know someone personally affected by meth or not, assistance, prevention and safety are tenets to support your communities. Whether you want to volunteer, help someone in need or get more information, these resources can guide your advocacy.

Ways to get involved

Stand up against meth in your community by putting some of these suggested actions into practice. Consider how you can offer support to those most impacted by the issue, even if you don’t know someone who is directly impacted.

In your community
  • Form a local coalition to plan prevention education events to ensure community members are helping young people avoid first-time use
  • Familiarize yourself with the warning signs of meth use and report if you suspect someone you encounter is using
  • Start a fundraiser and donate proceeds to a treatment, recovery or support organization near you
  • Volunteer with an organization that supports those impacted by meth, such as a homeless shelter or food bank (find a list of organizations here)
  • Work with law enforcement to set up watch programs in your neighborhood
  • Ask local law enforcement to speak at a neighborhood gathering
In your school
  • Organize a discussion or education session
  • Start a peer leader organization to encourage others to avoid substance use, including meth
  • Create a pledge for classmates to sign to show their commitment
  • Implement a school-based prevention program in your school (to learn more or to check-out a program, contact your regional Prevention Resource Center)
In your home
  • Familiarize yourself with the warning signs of meth use and report if you suspect someone you encounter is using
  • Practice refusal skills with your children, such as direct refusal, exiting the situation or calling/texting you to get out of a pressure situation
  • Teach your children different coping strategies to manage anger and stress, such as physical activity, listening to relaxing music, breathing exercises, meditation and journaling
  • Encourage opportunities for connection and involvement with school or extracurricular activities
  • Build communication channels with your children by listening and speak about the consequences of trying meth even once

Prevention Groups

Prevention Resource Centers

To learn more about prevention, contact your regional Prevention Resource Center.

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