OLD TOWN, Maine — When it comes to illegal drug use, where you live plays a role in what is being used, so law enforcement agencies in the region are joining forces to educate parents and community members about what’s going on in their neighborhoods.
A community-parent drug awareness forum is scheduled for 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Leonard Middle School. It will be hosted by Old Town Police, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office and Maine State Police, with RSU 34 sponsoring the gathering.
“Deputy Chief Troy Morton, Trooper Barry Meserve and [Old Town police] Sgt. Lee Miller will speak about the effects of drugs on the body, the signs of drug use, where and how they are getting drugs and how to reduce the risk of drug use by youth,” Miller said in an email about the event.
Law enforcement will focus on what street drugs are being used in the Old Town area, drug trends in the region and state, slang words and how to communicate with children about the dangers of illegal drug use, Miller said.
The forum is free. A light meal and child care will be provided, and there also will be door prizes and incentives for those who attend, Miller said.