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Award-winning Operation Street Smart provides drug information

February 25, 2013
Morning Journal News

LISBON - There is a drug problem in Columbiana County that affects the entire community. In an effort to provide adults with information they need, to make them street smart and drug culture savvy, the ADAPT Coalition, Columbiana County Drug Task Force and Mental Health and Recovery Services Board are hosting Operation Street Smart from 5 to 9 p.m. March 19 at the East Liverpool Motor Lodge.

Operation Street Smart is an award-winning, nationally renowned program presented by undercover detectives from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

All adults need the information that will help them prevent drug abuse and to recognize it as early as possible. The program will educate adults to recognize the influences of the drug culture on our children and to be aware of the many drugs our youth are confronted with.

Operation Street Smart covers:

- Current drug trends: What drugs are young people using?

- How do young people get drugs? What can adults do to stop the supply?

Fact Box

WHAT:?Operation Street Smart. An award-winning

program presented by undercover detectives that

provides adults with drug information.

WHERE: East Liverpool Motor Lodge.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 19 from 5-9 p.m.

REGISTRATION: Program is free but registration is

required by Friday, March 8 by calling the Columbiana County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board at 330-424-0195.

- Physiological effects: How do drugs affect young people's behavior? What should adults be on the lookout for?

- Concealment: How young people hide their drugs. What should raise adults' suspicions?

- Slang/terminology: How young people talk about their drugs. What phrases or terms should raise adult's suspicions?

Doug Koffel, intensive supervision probation officer of the Columbiana County Common Pleas Court, said, "As a treatment professional, probation officer and parent, I cannot recommend this presentation highly enough. I saw it in September 2012 and it was both eye-opening and terrifying. A highlight is that participants get to see and touch actual drugs, to see, touch and learn how household items such as CD cases, coffee cans, highlighters, and even water bottles can be used to conceal drugs. The presentation highlights that the drug problem is a community issue, and that there is a role for everyone from parents to law enforcement."

This program is open to all adults who interact with young people and is of special interest to parents, juvenile law enforcement and criminal justice professionals, social service agency staff, educators, drug and alcohol professionals and all community leaders with an interest in reducing the drug problem in Columbiana County.

The program is free and refreshments will be served. Counseling, Social Work and Chemical Dependency Continuing Education Credits will also be available.

Registration is required by Friday, March 8, by calling the Columbiana County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board at 330-424-0195.



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