Officials visit Scott County schools to warn students about hero - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Officials visit Scott County schools to warn students about heroin

Posted: Updated:

AUSTIN, Ind. (WDRB) - It was a message about life of death on Thursday as federal officials visited Scott County schools to warn kids about using heroin. 

People from the U.S. Attorney's Office, FBI and DEA spoke at Austin and Scottsburg High Schools. 

"I want them to see us in person," said Greg Westfall, assistant special agent in charge with the DEA. "That we're not always here just to be the ones to put handcuffs on them or their parents or whatever." 

Signs of a struggle with addiction can be apparent in the community. In just minutes, WDRB found two needles on the side of the road in Austin. 

It's the sharing of dirty needles that led to an HIV epidemic centered in Scott County. The health crisis sparked a long-term investigation and in February, officials took several suspected drug dealers off the streets. 

U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler says now the focus is to prevent people from buying.  

"High school kids are going to be the targets for prescription pills, for heroin ... They'll be the target for that demand," Minkler said. 

During the event, students watched a documentary about addiction, which showed how its affected people's lives. 

"They may not be using, but they see it," Minkler said about the students. "They'll have opportunities to get prescription pills, and they need to get educated to the consequences." 

Scott County schools have been proactive in dealing with these issues. Both high schools are randomly drug testing students. Superintendent Robert Anderson says that program and visits like Thursday's are all about helping the kids. 

"We want to keep someone from having an issue, and if someone has an issue, we want to know so we can help with it," Anderson said. 

Officials say next week they'll be heading to a school in Indianapolis with this same message. 

Copyright 2016 WDRB Media. All rights reserved.

  • Sign Up for WDRB's Sports Newsletter

    * denotes required fields

    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WDRB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.