HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Education and awareness, that's the goal of a community forum planned for Thursday, July 22 at the Huntsville/Madison County Public Library at 1 p.m.
"We are going to be discussing the resurgence of heroin and how prescription pills has becomea rising epidemic in our community," said Devan Davis, with Today's Youth, Tomorrow's Leaders, the youth advocacy group under the Partnership for a Drug-Free Society, the organization hosting the event.
It's the second year of the event, and it will feature law enforcement and pharmacists to talk about the dangers and current trends of drug use in Madison County and around the region.
The youth will also incorporate the arts with plays to tell tragic stories of local drug use.
"Life is beautiful and we are meant to live life with an unclouded mind," said Davis.
For law enforcement, the hope is that people will continue to help them as they work against drug use, and the vicious cycle that extends beyond the addicts and dealers.
"You also have the victims of the people who are trying to apply their drug habits with the burglaries, the robberies, the thefts, and things of that nature," said Lieutenant Michael Salomonsky with the Madison County Sheriff's Office.
Lt. Salomonsky emphasizes that officers cannot be everywhere, and awareness and education can help them be more efficient with more tips to avoid conversations they've had before.
"If he’s been selling 3 or 4 years in your neighborhood, why're you just now reporting it, and the stunning answer was, they weren’t selling to my kids and now they are," recalled Salomonsky of a conversation he had with a concerned father years ago.
He says that it may not involve you directly today, but these meetings and candid talks can help the community be more proactive than reactive.