MASON CITY, Iowa - It can be hard to talk about.
That's why Prairie Ridge is conducting a survey on how to communicate with the public when it comes to methamphetamine use in North Iowa, and help complete a strategic plan for prevention, intervention and treatment.
The treatment organization is looking at youth hospitalizations, emergency room visits, potential deaths and crime that may be related to meth, to hopefully have a community-wide discussion about it.
Kelly Grunhovd is the Prevention and Integrated Health Director at Prairie Ridge, and hopes the survey can get the community more involved.
"Law enforcement deal with it on a regular basis, but as far as community efforts around prevention, I think the department is looking at revving those efforts back up."
Grunhovd adds that the organization wants to look beyond just the data collected.
"Hopefully out of this survey and in meetings over the next few months, we will maybe be able to figure out some of the cause of some of the different trends. Right now, we really do just have the data and don't know the cause behind the data."
The survey consists of 31 questions and can take about 15 minutes to complete.