The statistics cited Wednesday by Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger about methamphetamine use in this county are both surprising and encouraging.
Felony court filings have declined by 35 percent since 2005, in part because meth cases thave dropped significantly. The portion of child dependency and neglect cases that are meth-related has dropped from 75 percent in 2004 to 12 percent last year.
Hautzinger will be the first to tell you that those changes didn’t come just from tougher prosecution. It was a community effort that included many different groups and agencies.
But the passion displayed by Hautzinger and his staff in aggressively investigating and prosecuting meth-related cases no doubt played a critical role in mitigating the meth problem.
Hautzinger released the statisics as he announced his re-election bid for what would be his third and final term as district attorney. The majority of this community — those not involved with meth — should welcome that announcement.