Parents Get Crash Course In Drugs That Attract Children

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Undercover officers are keeping parents educated about threats to the well-being of their children.

Retired Franklin County Sergeant Michael Powell has spent decades infiltrating the drug trade in central Ohio.

“In November 2004 central Ohio was designated by the federal government as a "hide it" area,” Powell said. “HIDTA, it stands for high intensity drug trafficking area."

Over the years, the drugs have changed, but the hunger for them has not. On Monday, he and two of his colleagues brought "Operation Street Smart" to the parents of Union County.

“In Ohio, we lose four people every day to pharmaceuticals,” Powell said.

Powell called the problem “epidemic.” He said that soda cans, highlighter pens and hand sanitizer are all used to get high or to conceal drugs.

“Anytime you’ve got an item with a hole in it, take a close look,” Powell said. “It’s probably going to be a pipe.”

Along with hiding places, parents were able to see the drugs for themselves. From heroin to inhalants to cold medicine consumed in dangerous, sometimes deadly, quantities.

More than 100 parents showed up for the course.

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