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Local forums tackle the latest designer drugs

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MARENGO – The 2012 Indiana Prevention Resource Center Survey indicates that about 6 percent of Indiana 12th-graders have tried the designer drug ecstasy.

Designer drugs are created to have similar effects of hallucinogens or narcotics but evade the current restrictions or illegal substances. 

Designer drugs include K2, spice and bath salts. 

In response to the growing number of designer drugs, the Indiana Youth Institute is hosting a forum for youth-serving organizations in southwest Indiana that will explore the drugs’ impact on children.

The forum will feature William Barnes, a behavioral specialist and counselor, who will discuss how designer drugs affect the mind and body, signs and symptoms of the drugs, and current treatment options.

The forum will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m EDT Tuesday at the Crawford County 4-H Community Park, 1130 Indiana 66, Marengo, 47140.

As part of IYI’s Youth Worker Café program, the forum is free and lunch will be served, but reservations are required by Monday. RSVP at www.iyi.org/ YWC.

Reservations can also be made by contacting IYI Southwest Indiana field representative Joe Shrode at jshrode@iyi.org or (866) 426-6558.

Youth Worker Cafés are designed to bring together local youth workers to build relationships and inspire collaborations that will benefit children. 

Youth Worker Cafés are made possible by the collaborative efforts of the Crawford County Purdue Extension and IYI.