MECHANICSBURG – Village residents will have an opportunity to learn about current information on drug trends this weekend during Operation Street Smart.
The program will be held at 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. Saturday at Mechanicsburg High School, 60 High St. The free programming is being brought to the village by Mechanicsburg for a Healthy Community.
According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office website, Operation Street Smart was created in July 2002 as a way to take community-oriented policing to a new level. The goal of the program is to provide current and up-to-date narcotics information on trends, terminology, paraphernalia and physiological effects to individuals who deal with youth on a daily basis.
Due to the mature subject matter, the program is for adults only.
Mechanicsburg for a Healthy Community board member Susan Bell said the program is aimed at parents, teachers, social workers, community partners and anyone who deals with children.
In 2010, Bell’s daughter, Zoey, died of a heroin overdose. Bell said her daughter was the fifth person in 2010 in the community to die from a heroin overdose.
In 2012, Bell attended a Operation Street Smart program.
“Within five minutes of being there I learned information that possibly could have alerted me to the situation of my daughter being on drugs,” Bell said.
“It means a lot to me to be able to bring this kind of information to Mechanicsburg and to have Mechanicsburg for a Healthy Community because for so many years it just felt like nothing was being done and for kid after kid to be dying when I wanted Zoey to be the last one.”
Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.