Parents clued into drug usage signs

Belpre, OH (WTAP)-- The opioid epidemic is not the only drug crisis in the valley.

A Belpre area church hosted "Operation Street Smart"-- a presentation on how to recognize influences of the Drug Culture on our children.

Franklin County experts presented examples so the public would recognize various drugs.

"So, what we want to do is make the parents aware of that individual in their world that they suspect by picking up maybe an odor," explains Michael Powell." Does it make sense why he or she smells like that right now, or a tiny little item that didn't mean a thing until that tragic day occurs."

In 2017, 14 people died from overdoses in Washington County alone, according to the information presented.

About two dozen people attended the presentation, proving that awareness is the first step toward combating the problem in our community.

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