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Operation: Street Smart informs parents about the signs of drug abuse (Audio & video included)

Operation: Street Smart presented by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office was at Bellefontaine High School Thursday night.

The adult drug education presentation is designed to inform parents, educators, and law enforcement about what is happening in the world of undercover narcotics.

The program gives adults an idea of what to look for in terms of paraphernalia, drug terminology, how drugs are concealed, and what the drugs look like.

The presentation showed parents that house hold items such as CDs, coffee cans, highlighters, water bottles, and pop cans can used to conceal drugs and paraphernalia.

(Pictured: Retired Franklin County Sergeant Michael Powell holding a blunt wrapper)

The presentation came about ten years ago when D.A.R.E. and undercover officers noticed that parents did not know what was going on in their children’s' lives. They combined resources to make the presentation to educate and empower parents.

The program highlights that the government cannot alone solve the drug problem but that it is a community issue that everyone has a role in from parents to law enforcement.

Franklin County Lieutenant Steven Tucker explains Operation: Street Smart.

From a law enforcement stand point, Logan County is seeing an increase in drug issues. Bellefontaine Police Chief Brandon Standley commented that the majority of the crime law enforcement encounters can be traced back to drugs in someway. Standley also noted that local agencies are doing all they can to stop dealers who come to Logan County and credits the Logan County Joint Drug Task Force as a helping factor.

Chief Standley expresses the importance of this event in the county.

Logan County Sheriff Andy Smith feels that the presentation informs the community about what is going on throughout the state and believes that education is the first step in resolving the issue.

Sheriff Smith talks about the event.

In a Business aspect, The Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce visits businesses and industries to find out their concerns. A common concern is workforce and finding people to work. Some businesses in the county are finding that 15 to 20 percent of their applicants cannot pass a drug, eliminating them from the hiring process.

Chamber President Paul Benedetti speaks about the business side of drug abuse.

The court system is also seeing an increase in drug abuse. In Family Court, 56 percent of all juveniles have some kind of diagnosable mental health or substance abuse problem and 70 percent of cases that involve Children’s Services have some kind of substance abuse issue, the most common Heroin.

Logan County Family Court Treatment Coordinator Annette Deao comments about drug abuse.

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