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[DCS] Crawfordsville Police and Indiana Dept. of Child Services Crack Down on Meth Use and Child Neglect
Start Date: 2/6/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 2/6/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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CRAWFORDSVILLE, IND. (Feb. 6, 2013) - The Crawfordsville Police Department and the Indiana Department of Child Services are encouraging community members to report incidents of suspected methamphetamine production and use. Montgomery County is among those Indiana areas battling a high number of meth users and labs, along with a rise in illegal prescription drug use. 

According to the Crawfordsville police, 32 meth labs were seized in Montgomery County in 2012 with 23 meth-related arrests.

“Meth is one of the most invasive and addictive illegal drugs,” said narcotics unit officer Aaron Mattingly, who stresses that meth use isn't confined to any age group.  “And one of the most devastating effects of meth is the physical destruction of the user’s body.  It essentially becomes a crippler.”  The stimulant drug controls the abuser so much they will often lose their home, personal possessions and even children to simply get high one more time.

Montgomery County DCS Director Joanie Crum says the impact meth has on families is devastating.  “Unfortunately, parents who use meth often utilize their resources for the drug, leaving little to provide for their children’s most basic needs of food, supervision and a safe home,” said Crum. “Risks to the child’s health and safety increase greatly when meth is manufactured in their home where they are exposed to hazardous chemicals and possibly even fire or explosion.”

 

Mattingly works closely with the narcotics unit of the Montgomery Co. Sheriff’s Department.  He says both departments rely heavily on the support and information local citizens provide about the use and production of meth. He encourages anyone aware of meth activities or illegal drug use to call the drug tip line and make an anonymous report at 765.362.3762, ext. 6, or talk to a dispatcher at 765.362.3300.  "The best way citizens can help our community is to get involved.  If you suspect illegal drug activity in your neighborhood, call and report your suspicions," said Mattingly.  "It’s virtually impossible to combat illegal drugs without the group effort of citizens, law enforcement officers and agencies like the department of child services."

DCS must also rely on community members to help protect children. In Indiana, all citizens are required to report incidents of child abuse and neglect.  "We look to neighbors, friends, family members and other community members as first responders in helping protect children," said Crum.  Anyone suspecting abuse or neglect should contact the child abuse and neglect hotline at 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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