SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Onmeth.com is the state of South Dakota’s new website for its latest meth campaign.
KELOLAND.com reporter Michael Geheren looks at how this campaign was approved and the proposals for it. To read that story, click here.
Different opinions are surfacing about the campaign’s slogan, but whether you’re for it or against it, resources are available online.
The website offers two different options for resources. One is for those who are struggling with a methamphetamine addiction. The other is for those who want to help people with an addiction to meth.
When you click the link for “I need help,” the website takes you to a page that lists different resources available:
The “I want to help” link takes you to a separate webpage that lists numerous resources for those who want to get involved:
The website also maintains a banner at the bottom of the screen with a number to text or call for immediate assistance. This banner always remains at the bottom of the screen no matter the different pages you go to on the website.
KELOLAND News texted the number listed in the banner. The conversation went as followed:
The Resource Hotline then provided three resources for assessments. They also provided the addresses, phone numbers and websites of these resources.
- Carroll Institute – Substance Abuse Treatment
- Sioux Falls Mental Health Guide – Bartels Counseling Services, Inc.
- Volunteers of America, Dakotas VOA – Counseling, Addiction and Prevention Services
The hotline then asked if there was anything else they could help with. After saying no, the hotline replied back saying they’re available 24/7 for resources and support. They also listed a number to call too.
1-800-920-4343 was the number listed at the bottom of the screen and was the phone number given by the Resource Helpline.
The number is for the South Dakota Opioid Resource Hotline. Their website provides tools for addictions related to other substances than just methamphetamine.
Face It TOGETHER is another resource for those with addiction. Face It TOGETHER’s Director of Communications, Ally Krupinsky, reached out to KELOLAND in regards to the recent campaign.
“Ultimately, though the campaign has garnered a lot of negative feedback, we’re glad the growing problem of meth addiction is getting attention. Meth ranks as the second-most reported primary addiction across all FIT locations. According to our Member Outcomes Report, 14 percent of members indicated meth as their primary substance in 2016-18.
Addiction is a devastating disease, no matter the substance. This increase in attention is an opportunity to have a larger discussion regarding meth addiction, those who are impacted and effective forms of treatment and support. FIT serves as one such support – we’re a nonprofit that provides science-based, professional peer coaching for people impacted by addiction, including loved ones,” Krupinsky said in an email.
We have reached out to the state through email and phone calls and have not received any response. We will update this story if/when we do.