From the office of Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke

The mayor's "No Meth Task Force" has launched a new public service campaign as part of a community-wide effort to reduce meth labs and prevent substance abuse. The campaign features a series of short public service announcements encouraging parents and caregivers to play with their children, eat meals together, set rules and know what their children are doing afterschool.

The PSA campaign also includes four longer informational videos about the Mayor’s No Meth Task Force, the Evansville Police Department Meth Suppression Unit, what is a meth lab, how to rid the community of meth and meth’s impact on children and families.

“While the collaborative efforts of the Task Force, the Meth Suppression Unit and concerned residents our community have resulted in a 50 percent decline in the number of meth lab seizures last year, our work is not complete,” said Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. “Starting this week, our administration is launching a two-pronged approach against meth through a PSA campaign focusing on prevention and by lobbying state lawmakers to enact legislation that would further restrict access to pseudoephedrine, the key ingredient used to make meth.”

The first PSA and informational video have been released publically and can be viewed through the City of Evansville website at www.evansville.in.gov (go to “In the Spotlight” and click “Meth Has No Business In My Town”) and online at www.YouTube.com (search Mayor Winnecke). New videos will be released weekly. To inquire about a copy of the videos, call the Office of Mayor Lloyd Winnecke at 812-436-4965 or send an email to ejohnsonwatson@evansville.in.gov. For more information about the Mayor’s No Meth Task Force, visit www.NoMethEvansville.com.