Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard
(Bright, Ind.) - Substance abuse and prevention for teens and pre-teens will be the topic at a community meeting in Bright Wednesday evening.
Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard will lead the meeting at Bright Christian Church, 24457 Stateline Road, starting at 7:00 p.m. The prosecutor wants to educate the public as drug abuse in the local community has become a problem.
“In 1997 when I first started in the prosecutor’s office, I never saw a heroin case. Now I don’t go a couple days without something involving heroin coming across my desk,” Negangard said.
All are welcome to attend tomorrow night’s free meeting, but most of the conversation is aimed at parents with children age 10 or older.
“Middle school is when temptation hits. We’ve had a child in one of our classes who was in 6th grade who said there was an 8th grader who told her she could get any drug that she wanted. It is naïve to think that 10 is too young,” said Negangard.
Preventative drug testing for young people will be among the topics.
“It is a new concept that has proved to be very effective where parents give their children a drug test prior to any problems. It gives the child an opportunity to resist the peer pressure by saying their parents are testing them for drugs,” Negangard said, adding other strategies to protect your family from substance abuse will be discussed as well.
Childcare will be available during the meeting for children up to 3rd grade.