Proposed Budget Cuts Could Hurt Arkansas Efforts to Combat Meth

FEBRUARY 8, 2006 - Posted at 7:53 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The director of Arkansas' anti-drug effort says the fight against methamphetamine would be badly harmed if funding for meth lab clean-ups is eliminated, as proposed in President Bush's budget.

Arkansas drug director Keith Rutledge says the cut would eliminate a lot of anti-meth programs at local departments.

The program gets $417 million nationally, and Arkansas received $3 million from the fund last year.

Republican Congressman John Boozman, who represents northwest Arkansas, says he is disappointed by the cut but says Congress will likely restore the funding.

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