Seminar to focus on meth use and children

Community members residing in Dickinson, Geary, Marion and Morris counties can learn more about the problem methamphetamine poses to children found in home-based meth labs during a full-day seminar Sept. 8 in Junction City.

According to reports, 80 children were found in Kansas home-based meth labs in 2004.

These children cannot protect or rescue themselves from a hazardous environment in which there is serious physical, emotional and developmental harm.

“Take Action-A Seminar for Community Members” will offer information on how key players in the community can develop protocols to help high-risk children when they are found in a meth-lab bust.

Tim Rohrig, chief toxicologist at the Regional Forensic Science Center in Sedgwick County, will speak on the medical implications of meth on children.

Other key speakers are Cristi Cain, state coordinator for the Methamphetamine Prevention Project and coordinator of the Kansas Alliance for Drug Endangered Children, and David Hutchings, senior special agent, Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

The Kansas Methamphetamine Prevention Project has provided a grant for this project.

The seminar, to be held at the Marriott Convention Center in Junction City, is sponsored by the 8th Judicial District Community Corrections and Court Services; the Regional Prevention Centers of North Central Kansas, Northeast Kansas, and the Flint Hills; and the Kansas Narcotics Officers Association.

For a brochure with complete information and registration form, contact Barbara Baldwin at 785-762-4679, ext. 1360 or e-mail at Advanced registration is required.

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