Meth in the Heartland: A Community's
of Morris, Minnesota; and University of Minnesota Morris, 2006.
The City of Morris, Minnesota
and the University of Minnesota Morris were co-recipients of a Community
Outreach Partnership Centers (COPC) grant from the U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development to address key areas for community
revitalization. A key component of the grant was to create resident-backed
strategies to spur economic growth and the reduction of
crime. The partnership chose to focus on
drug prevention - more specifically, methamphetamine prevention
- and the development informational and educational materials on
the effects of Methamphetamine abuse in small communities.
team was organized to research and develop a video documentary
to discuss in-depth, the many facets of Methamphetamine abuse. Nearly
thirty people were interviewed for the project, including former users,
current users, victims of crime, law enforcement, judicial, corrections,
mental health, legislative, and health care. The research culminated
into a 47-minute documentary that has been broadcast on public television
throughout Minnesota, and hundreds of DVDs have been provided to schools,
community groups and organizations throughout Minnesota.
My Role in
This project team consisted of four individuals. We all shared
in the research, directing, writing, shooting and editing
duties of the documentary and associated educational materials.
Meth in the Heartland: A Community's Response