WINAMAC — The Pulaski County Drug Free Council (PCDFC) is hosting a seminar about methamphetamine from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on March 7 at the Church of the Heartland, 890 E State Road 14. This free seminar is open to the public.

There will be three separate sessions to attend. Individuals may come to one, two or all three. No reservation is required. CEUs will be available and light refreshments will be provided.

Methamphetamine (meth) is a synthetic drug that was developed from its parent drug amphetamine in the early 1900s. It was originally used in nasal decongestants, bronchial inhalers, and in the treatment of narcolepsy and obesity.

In the 1970s, methamphetamine became a Schedule II drug — a drug with little medical use and a high potential for abuse and dependence. Today, illegal production and use of meth has become a danger to the entire community. Come learn the extent of this danger.

The first session, from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., will feature Stephanie Beasley, MSW. She will cover the topic, “The Innocent Victims of Meth and the Drug Endangered Children Protocol.” Beasley is the deputy director of field operations for the Department of Child Services.

The second session will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. and will feature Barry Sanders, John Rogers and Robby the K-9. Sanders, a volunteer firefighter for 15 years, will discuss the extra hazards to a firefighter and the public following a methamphetamine fire. Deputy Rogers, of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, and Robby the K-9 will cover the topic of “Narcotics Sniffing,” which is one of Robby’s specialties.

The final session, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will be led by Trooper Aaron Campbell, who specializes in meth and clandestine labs for the Indiana State Police. The topic of this session is, “‘ICE’ in the Neighborhood, a Community Methamphetamine Problem.”

For more information about this program, contact Patty Jo Pearce, Four County counselor and PCDFC chair, at (574) 946-4233 or via e-mail at PPearce@fourcounty.org or Chris DePoy, Pulaski County 4-H youth educator and PCDFC coordinator, at (574) 946-3412 or cdepoy@purdue.



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