Police chief shares drug trends with citizens
by Rachel Davis
Jan 26, 2013 | 2170 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DORA — Dora Police Chief John Duchock spent several hours informing concerned Dora citizens about the current drug trends in the area and giving tips on prevention and recognition of warning signs of drug use. He also discussed the effects of each category of drugs and how they are grown or produced.

Duchock spent a great deal of time focusing on the most common drug issue that he and his department face — prescription drugs.

“Prescription drugs are the biggest problem we have,” Duchock told the audience. “Most of our DUIs are from prescription drugs.”

He added that the Walker County District Attorney’s Office said that the most common drug cases in the county are methamphetamine cases and the second are prescription drug cases.

Other trends in teens and young adults, including “huffing” of household items, was covered. Duchock said that many younger people use these items because of their easy availability. Some items, such as spray paint and household cleaners, are never thought of as dangerous by parents and guardians.

“Where there is a will, there is a way to get high,” Duchock said.

He said that drug use in the younger age group has increased because of the increased difficulty in acquiring alcohol before the age of 21.

The class also covered the older drugs, such as heroin, that are seeing a resurgence in popularity as well as new trends, such as bath salts, which have garnered press recently.

The always-popular drugs, such as marijuana and meth, were covered, including a video of a meth lab demonstration. The demonstration showed the newer “shake and bake” method, which is less likely to explode than the older meth lab systems. They are also more transportable and Duchock said they are often used in vehicles. He added that road crews often find the remains of these labs when cleaning along area roadways.

Duchock also gave the attendees tips on spotting a clandestine meth lab, such as a smell of ammonia or other chemicals, residences with blacked out windows, increased activity at night and excessive trash from the residence.

“There is a lot of waste from the meth labs,” Duchock said.

Approximately 30 people attended the class, sponsored by the Dora Police Department and Dora’s Neighborhood Watch.