Heroin Problem Discussed in Marion
Updated: Wednesday, April 10 2013, 11:14 AM EDT
MARION -- Hundreds packed the auditorium at Marion Harding High School to discuss how heroin and other drugs are impacting the town -- and what can be done about it. The town hall meeting on the issue comes in the wake of two very busy months for police battling drugs in Marion.
A panel made up of prevention specialists, along with a recovering drug addict and the mother of a recovering addict, spoke to the crowd, offering their thoughts on preventing drug abuse.
Panelist Will, who did not offer his last name, warned parents and others not to overlook the signs of drug addiction, even when the addict denies using drugs.
"I will lie to you until you actually believe me," he said. "No parent wants to see their kids like that."
Molly Shonk brought her kids, ages four and eight, to the presentation, saying it's never too early to get them the message. Shonk said a friend killed himself while in the throes of drug addiction.
"I don't want to see that happen with my kids, that's the major thing," she said.
Last week police showed ABC 6 the spoils of their latest drug bust. One man was arrested with nearly 50 grams of heroin, bags of crack cocaine and hundreds of dollars. The week before, police intercepted enough heroin for 500 individual doses.
Reporter: Tom Bosco
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