We are going to be privileged to host the next Voices of Groveport – Community Response to the opioid epidemic. I am publishing for you the full press release below:
The Groveport Madison Opiate Task Force has announced their next program following their April launch of the “Voices of Groveport Madison” series. Operation Street Smart, a program of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will be presented on Tuesday, June 26, at 7 PM, at Madison Christian Church, located at 3565 Bixby Rd., Groveport.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office created Operation Street Smart in July 2002 as a way to take community-oriented policing to a new level. Street Smart is a collaborative effort between D.A.R.E. and the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), which is the Sheriff’s Office undercover narcotics branch. To date, Operation Street Smart has been presented more than 1,500 times to more than 150,000 people throughout Ohio and the United States. In May 2004, the program received the F.B.I. Director’s Community Leadership Award.
Operation Street Smart provides current information on narcotics, trends, terminology, paraphernalia, and concealment techniques, and explains the physiological effects to individuals and families dealing with opiate abuse.
Three current/former undercover detectives, who possess over fifty years of combined narcotics experience, conduct the Street Smart presentation. This program includes actual examples of current designer street drugs such as XTC, Bath Salts, Huffing, LSD, GHB, K2/Spice, and Khat. Current drug paraphernalia examples are available to depict the ease in camouflaging drug use from adults. A strong emphasis is placed on the physiological effects of the drugs and indicators to look for.
“This is an incredible opportunity for the community to get first-hand information on how to identify ‘the signs’ of an opiate abuser, how and where drugs are often hidden, and how families can best deal with the psychological effects of opiate addiction,” said task force member, Jeff Warner. “I’ve personally seen the Street Smart program, and it’s a real eye-opener. Don’t miss this presentation.”
Note: This program is not suitable for elementary-age children.