The Binghamton Mets have teamed up with
the Southern Tier of New York Methamphetamine Prevention Program
to help it get non-profit status.
NewsChannel 34's Peter Quinn shows what
that would mean for the fight against meth in our area and how
you can be a part of it.
So far this year Broome County leads
the state in meth labs busted. The scary thing is that for every
lab, there are a lot more people out there using the drug.
Ellen Vachon says, “What I find is that
if you don't have explosions, or if you don't have a meth bust,
people think it's not a problem, or it's not here, or they have
solved that problem. But, what you are looking at is that only
20 percent of the meth in the country is actually made here, 80
percent is actually brought in from cartels. So, you still need
to look at your people in the neighborhoods using meth.”
People, who after using it just once
become addicted, and often become paranoid, violent, and stop
caring for their kids because all they want is their next high.
While police are working to curb the growing trend, Doctor Ellen
Vachon is working to educate communities about the drug so they
know what to keep an eye out for. She's arranged with the B-Mets
to get part of the ticket profits for an upcoming game in July
when the tickets are bought at certain locations. That money
will then be used to help get the Meth Prevention Program not
for profit status.
Vachon says, “We're looking to get
non-profit so we can apply for grants at a national level. At
that point we'll be able to do more public free speakings, more
It would also help give the program a
louder voice in politics, which could help lead to a meth
offender registry database so you could find out if a possible
meth addict lives near you. Tennessee has a database like that
and Vachon wants one here. Back to the game: it will be Saturday
July 15th. In order for your ticket purchase to benefit the meth
prevention program it needs to bought at one of the following
locations, Rapid Drug Testing Systems in Johnson City, the
Southern Tier AIDS Program, Tioga Counsel on Alcoholism and
Substance Abuse, Parkway Wine and Liquor, Park Manor Wine and
Liquor, many area schools, or by calling Doctor Vachon at
748-8696. There will also be a lot of information about the drug
at the game.
Vachon says, “We'll have information at
the game talking about meth labs, meth addicts, what to look
for, meth signs, all different sorts of flyers that we've had
coming into the coalition.”