Forum to focus on teen drug use in Hamilton County

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 26th, 2015) — A forum will focus on keeping teens out of trouble. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s office is inviting anyone to learn more at an event called “Dangerous Teen Trends.”

The forum starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at the Noblesville Schools Educational Services Center.

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputies say people might be surprised to know experimental drug use is a growing problem in Hamilton County.  Between January 1st and May 1st, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office responded to more than 60 drug related calls — that’s just a four month span this year, which averages out to about three calls per week.  During the same time last year, that number was down to 49 calls.

“What we’re seeing is — it doesn’t matter the income level, what neighborhood they live in, or how involved their parents are in their life — these are decisions teens have to make.  They’re going to these parties or hanging out with their friends and deciding they should try what they may consider a safe drug, when really no drug is safe,” said Chief Deputy Thomas Gehlhausen.

“Unfortunately with these synthetic drugs — we don’t know what chemicals are in them — you don’t know where they are being made, and a lot are coming in with some serious poison in them,” Gehlhausen said.

“Take it one time and you can die, and that’s the basic message we’re trying to get out there,” Gehlhausen said.

Gehlhausen says the Drug Enforcement Agency will be there to help teens and parents recognize the drugs and provide information about resources for help. Anyone is welcome to come to the forum — it starts at 7p.m. Tuesday night at the Noblesville Schools Educational Services Center.

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