Parents warned about teen-age heroin use

October 16, 1998|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Heroin is cheap and readily available, so the substance-abuse problem among youth in Carroll County isn't going away soon, a state police drug expert told parents last night at a Sykesville forum.

Teen-agers and young adults today are more mobile, can slip into Baltimore, buy whatever they want and get back without a parent knowing, Sgt. Mike College, a parent and county resident, told the gathering of nearly 200 at Sykesville Middle School.

Sponsored by Junction Inc., a nonprofit treatment and zTC prevention center in Westminster, Community Forum No. 3 was one of two held in the county last night. The other was in Hampstead. Two other community forums about drug-related issues have been held this year.

The anti-heroin crusade in Carroll County was sparked by the high-profile overdose deaths of four young residents, including three this year.

The goals are to stop the deaths and stem the flow of drugs in the county.

Offering practical examples of signs to look for that a child might be involved in drugs, College warned the audience to be aware of their environment and be more cautious in protecting their possessions.

All a heroin addict looks for is the next chance to steal something to sell for money to buy drugs, he said.

College warned parents to lock their vehicles and sheds and guard their videocassette recorders. Any item worth $100 can be pawned for $10 or $20 to buy heroin, he said.

He said people need to be aware of the pain that parents like Debi Curran of Hampstead are going through. College introduced Curran, whose 20-year-old son, Justin Lee Dalcin, was found dead of an overdose Sept. 9 in Wyman Park in Baltimore.

Pub Date: 10/16/98

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