Street Smart Program

Street Smart Program (Image 1)

When are a sandwich and a water bottle not what they seem?  When they are used to hide and transport drugs.

We know just how devastating drugs can be; they wreck home life and they can kill.

And it is getting harder and harder to spot where kids are hiding what they have.

“The only way we can bet the drug problem is through education, beat it with open lines of communication,” Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott said.

Through the Street Smart program, held in part by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, investigators are pulling back the curtain for parents to see what is happening.

“We talk to parents with tragedies, and the parents say ‘we had no idea,’ you’re not a bad parent,” Scott said.

Paul Schoonover lost his son Matthew to a heroin overdose in 2012. He says after that, he started to attend Street Smart programs.

“I think that program should be required for every parent in central Ohio at some point.  There is no end to the imagination, creativity of people who want to make money in the drug trade,” Schoonover said.

There is another chance Thursday, for you to attend the program in Hilliard.

You can join the Hilliard Police Department for their parent and community drug education class. Deputies will explain what they are seeing  in Hilliard.

They will show the newest methods of drug use such as hidden in e-cigarettes. You will be able to look at and handle drug paraphernalia and hidden drug compartments making you more street savvy.

Where: 5171 Northwest Parkway, Hilliard, OH 43026

Date: Thursday, March 5

Time: 6pm – 10pm

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