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Midwest governors to attend meth summit

September 13, 2002

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— Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns will join governors from 12 other Midwestern states next week for a summit on how to battle the growing methamphetamine problem.

"This drug is insidious. Meth is especially addictive and especially destructive," Johanns said Thursday. "This is an issue that, without question, has the attention of all governors."

The summit will be Sept. 18-20 in Sioux City, Iowa. It will be sponsored by the Midwestern Governors' Conference, of which Johanns is chairman, and the National Crime Prevention Council.

The administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Asa Hutchinson, is expected to attend.

Besides Nebraska, the Midwestern Governors' Conference is made up of Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Meth, also known as crank, ice or crystal, is a powerful stimulant that can be smoked, snorted, swallowed or injected.

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