The goal of the class is to keep citizens informed on the current trends in drugs, how to identify drugs and their paraphernalia as well as recognizing the signs of drug use and the effects each drug has on the body.
“We hope to educate and provide awareness for the community and early warning indicators of drug abuse for parents of the children,” Police Chief John Duchock said.
Duchock has done similar classes in the past for various groups in Jefferson County, parents groups, educational institutions and other law enforcement agencies in the state. He said that the members of neighborhood watch believed the information would be valuable to residents and parents in the area.
The program will include the most popular drugs, such as heroin and meth, and the newest drugs, such as bath salts, as well as prescription drugs.
“We want to prevent adverse effects from drug use of teenagers and young adults,” Duchock said. “We also want to identify common barriers between education and prevention.”
Duchock encourages anyone interested to come to the presentation, and the sponsors especially hope that young adults and anyone who is involved with them will come to the program, especially parents, educators and members of the clergy.
The class is free and open to the public. Duchock hopes that the information will assist parents who may not know their teen has a problem as well as help them to find solutions to keeping their teen away from drugs.