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[DCS] Posey County Sheriff's Dept. & DCS to Fight Meth Use and Child Neglect
Start Date: 12/10/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 12/10/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
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MT. VERNON, IND. (December 10, 2012)—The Posey County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana Department of Child Services are encouraging community members to report incidents of suspected methamphetamine production and use. Sheriff Greg Oeth says that even though his department has stepped up their own efforts to apprehend meth users and manufacturers in Posey County, the vital link in the chain of protection against meth abuse is still the everyday citizen and the calls they make to report their suspicions are critical to law enforcement.

 

According to Sheriff Oeth, local enforcement entities are aggressively targeting the use and manufacturing of meth, a highly addictive stimulant.  The sheriff’s department, Mt. Vernon police, prosecutor’s office and even the FBI office in neighboring Evansville make up a task force that has championed more meth training for officers and is putting an emphasis on undercover investigations.  Their efforts resulted in authorities arresting 35 people in October in the county’s largest drug bust ever.  Of those arrested, 20 were charged with meth felonies.  Three active meth labs were also discovered. 

 

Meth abuse has become a twofold tragedy for communities.  “Blameless children are left to fend for themselves when their parents crash after days of speeding on meth,” said Sheriff Oeth.  “But there’s also a crime wave as property crimes, car thefts and identification theft soar because addicts need money for their habit.”

 

Susan Blackburn, director of the Posey County office of DCS, says the impact meth has on families is devastating.  “Sadly, meth use can cause parents to neglect their children’s most basic needs, like safe supervision, being fed, and general health and hygiene,” said Blackburn. “The risk gets even worse when meth is produced in the home, where children are exposed to hazardous chemicals and possibly even fire or explosion.”

 

DCS had to remove six innocent children from their homes during the October drug raids.  The youngest was only seven months old. 

 

Sheriff Oeth reminds Posey County residents that many times they can be the first line of defense against meth abuse in their neighborhoods.  By being extra sets of eyes and ears for law enforcement, they can play an important “watchdog” role in communities.  “If you have reason to suspect meth activity, don’t hesitate, call the sheriff’s department immediately.”  Anonymous reports can be made around the clock to 812.838.3541.

 

DCS’ Blackburn says that “meth labs and children don’t mix, it’s child abuse.” She notes DCS must also rely on community members to report suspected abuse and neglect of children in their neighborhoods.  In Indiana, all citizens are required to report incidents of abuse and neglect.  “We look to neighbors, friends, family members and other community members as first responders in helping protect children.” 

 

Anyone suspecting child abuse or neglect should contact the child abuse and neglect hotline: 800.800.5556.

 

About Indiana Department of Child Services:

DCS is committed to protecting children who are victims of abuse or neglect.  The agency’s primary goal is to safely keep these children at home with their families by offering appropriate support services.  If safety continues to be a concern, children are placed with relatives or in foster care.  DCS also oversees adoptions from the foster care system and manages the child support bureau.  The Kids First Trust Fund, supported by the sale of ‘Kids First’ specialty automobile license plates, subsidizes programs designed to prevent child abuse and neglect.  Indiana Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline:  800.800.5556.   www.in.gov/dcs.

 

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Contact Information:
Name: Stephanie McFarland
Phone: 317.709.8728
Email: stephanie@mcfarlandpr.com
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