Top administration officials said they were embarking on a comprehensive approach to battle methamphetamine; President Bush has been criticized for focusing too much on prevention.

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt and John P. Walters, White House director of drug control policy, made the announcement at the Davidson County Drug Court and treatment center in Nashville -- the only drug court in the nation with a treatment and residential facility attached.

"This war has to be strategically fought," Leavitt said. "It's about prevention, it's about treatment and strong enforcement."

The initiative includes $16.2 million over three years for 11 new substance abuse and mental health services grants that focus on treatment of meth addiction, including $1.5 million over three years to the Tennessee Department of Health to target abuse of meth and other emerging drugs in six rural counties.

Meth, an addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system, is usually produced in clandestine labs using relatively inexpensive over-the-counter cold tablets and common household chemicals.

Last year, Tennessee law enforcement authorities seized 1,574 labs across the state -- the second-highest lab seizure rate in the nation, behind Missouri.

-- Associated Press

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