OLDHAM CO., Ky. (WHAS11) -- The room was filled with concerned community members Wednesday night, many of them parents, trying to make sense of drug use that has reached Oldham County and the Immaculate Conception Church congregation.
“We actually had like four people pass away, so it's become a really strong reality so we just want to prevent that and get those things addressed before those things happen,” said Angie Christensen who is a mother of five, and member at the La Grange Catholic Church.
Christensen is one of the people behind the public meeting, also led by Oldham County Police, who gave advice to adults for a more proactive approach towards kids and drug use.
“It's obviously frightening, and it's something that I want to make sure I'm educating my children on,” said Officer TJ Grace, a School Resource Officer at many Oldham County Schools.
Officer Grace told WHAS 11 news that he confiscates drugs or drug paraphernalia about three times a week from various schools.
“Alcohol, marijuana and nicotine are always going to be the most prevalent, most predominantly abused drugs from a juvenile perspective,” he explained. “However, with the availability of prescription drugs and things like that at home that are sometimes left unrestricted from the prescribed user, it causes a potential for abuse from the student.”
Officer Grace said the newest thing seems to be juuling, which is much like using an electronic cigarette, but instead using a device similar to a USB Port to get high.
“It's in the electronic cigarette category however it can be used for illicit purposes,” he said.
Oldham County Major Neil Johnson said though opioids may not be as relevant in schools right now, it doesn't mean they won't be later on.
“Overdoses are up, we're seeing more drugs, we're seeing more needs for medical attention to those and the best way to help that is education and to know what they can do and what they need to do.”
Major Johnson and Officer Grace are advising parents to be involved, and be nosy if their children are acting suspiciously.
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