SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- RIESTER creative from Utah's End Meth Now campaign has been selected by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to become a key resource to states across the country in the fight against meth use. In contrast to other approaches combating meth addiction, the End Meth Now campaign inspires hope and enlists the help of loved ones in fighting the drug.
"We've had the privilege of working on many successful campaigns, but feel extremely proud with this news from the ONDCP," said Tim Riester, president and CEO of RIESTER. "It affirms our research process and acknowledges the need for this type of campaign approach in other states."
Research conducted by RIESTER prior to the campaign's development revealed that meth users are strongly motivated to seek treatment following the intervention of friends, family and other loved ones - even if that intervention involves law enforcement. The campaign developed messaging that educated citizens on the warning signs of meth use, appropriate action to help a loved one suspected of drug use and encouraged users to believe that recovery is possible.
"We all know the ravages this drug can cause; however, this work from Utah shows there is hope, as people can and do recover from meth addiction," said R. Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
ONDCP has selected three End Meth Now TV advertisements as part of its national outreach:
Utah's End Meth Now campaign generated stunning results for Utah. A topic that was once hidden--specifically meth use among young mothers--became the focus of a statewide conversation during the campaign.
The End Meth Now campaign was part of an initiative in the state's ongoing effort to combat the growing use of methamphetamine in Utah. Recognizing the growing threat of meth use to Utah's, Gov. Huntsman and the Utah Association of Counties established the Utah Methamphetamine Joint Task Force in January 2006. The End Meth Now campaign is part of a five-phase action plan established by the group to fight the methamphetamine epidemic statewide.
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