LONDON – A community forum to raise awareness about methamphetamine and its key ingredient, pseudoephedrine, will be conducted at 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 13, at the London Community Center.

This free program, hosted by Commonwealth Attorney Jackie Steele, will include a panel discussion, unveiling of a new state-wide education campaign, and a question-and-answer session.

The panel will include representatives from Operation UNITE, Appalachia HIDTA, medical providers, emergency responders and local law enforcement agencies.

“This is for anyone who wants to inform themselves about what the pseudoephedrine manufacturers are keeping from them, and what dangers and tragedies are being caused in our communities,” said Steele, who serves Laurel and Knox counties.

Most people do not understand the dangers that can be just around the corner, Steele said, adding the forum will help them become educated about the problems.

The new education campaign – “One Step Misery: Kentucky Meth Epidemic” – is a collaborative effort between UNITE and numerous federal, state and local law enforcement agencies across Kentucky.

“Methamphetamine is a highly addictive substance that is responsible for numerous deadly fires, deplorable crimes and endangerment of thousands of Kentucky children,” said Vic Brown, director of KY HIDTA. “With the number of meth lab incidents rapidly rising in the state, we must educate our citizens on the dangers associated with methamphetamine and how they can be part of an active solution to the problem.”

For details about the community forum contact Steele at 606-330-2035.