Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College will host a public policy forum about the use of methamphetamines in Oklahoma on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 2-4 p.m. in the Blue and Gold Room of the Bruce Carter Student Union on the NEO campus.

The NEO Social Sciences Department is sponsoring the event. Community members participating in the forum include: Eddie Wyant, district attorney; George Haralson, Miami police chief; and Detectives Todd Hicks and David Hale.

The forum is free and open to the general public, especially those who are interested in law enforcement and public health.

Studies indicate that the drug is a greater problem in Oklahoma than in other states. Methamphetamine use in Oklahoma is approximately 42 percent higher than the national average, according to statistics from a report featured in the Tulsa World.

Two major reasons have been identified as to why the drug remains a problem for law enforcement and drug prevention agencies: its relatively cheap price and has a greater addictive power.

An addict's pursuit of an intense high from meth can come at a tremendous cost, however. Methamphetamine abuse can destroy the brain's pleasure receptors, which can cause the person to suffer from depression, studies show.

Severe bouts of depression have even caused some addicts to claim that they need large doses just to feel normal.

Jeff Birdsong, chairman of the Social Sciences Department, said, "We have assembled some of the top law enforcement individuals who deal with the meth problem in Oklahoma. It will be very informative in helping all of us deal with this problem. It is open to the public, so I hope many people will attend."