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Parke County Local Coordinating Council to educate on meth

Thursday, April 3, 2003

ROCKVILLE, Ind. -- With methamphetamine use on the rise in Parke County, the Local Coordinating Council has decided to spotlight the danger of the drug to county high school students. The purpose of the day's activities is to inform both junior high and high school students about the physical, health issues involved with use of meth.

Convocations will be held in each junior high and high school in Parke County on April 16. Hours are as follows: Turkey Run High School from 8:20 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.; Riverton Parke High School from 9:45 to 10:20 a.m., and from 10:25 to 11:07 a.m. and Rockville High School from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m.

Presenters will be Chief Deputy Ed McHargue, Parke County Sheriffs Department; Paul White, psychologist and director of the Hamilton Center outreach office in Rockville; Randy Kneeland, in-school liaison for the Parke County Sheriff's Department; and two emergency room nurses who deal with patients who are suffering from the adverse effects of the drug. Information will be presented and participants will answer questions from students as well.

meth users exhibit a variety of health issues that include: Dilated pupils, sweating, dry mouth, flushed skin and tremors. Often, they suffer severe burns from the "cooking" process, which result in emergency room treatment. They can also exhibit aggressive and psychotic behavior, irritability, anxiety, paranoia, and auditory hallucinations. Potential users should be aware that meth is highly addictive and use of the drug can result in severe problems in the rest of their daily lives.

The Parke County Sheriff's Department will offer informational handouts to some 1,250 junior high and high school students in Parke County, and the Local Coordinating Council will aid in the presentations.

Committee members for the April 16 event include: Ed McHargue, Paul White, Kenneth Coleman, Mary Jo Harney, Wilma Wooten, Cara Hutcheson, Mikki Hutchins, Ted Bonomo, Daniel Gregg, Stacy Patterson, Dave Mahurin, and Randy Kneeland.

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