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City offers free "Heroin Hurts Louisville" class for parents and caregivers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville city leaders hope education about drugs is the best way families can combat opioid drug abuse. 

The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is reaching out to parents to prevent teen drug use.  They are offering a course called "Heroin Hurts Louisville: What We Can Do." 

The goal is to help parents, grandparents and caregivers with insights into why adolescents use drugs and how to talk to them about substance abuse. The 90-minute class is free. Registration is required.

Mayor Greg Fischer says drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental deaths in Louisville and in Kentucky. He says 1 in 5 Kentucky teenagers are abusing prescription drugs. "If you know someone who is involved, or not involved, this is a public health crisis that we have in our country right now. So the more knowledge we have, the better we're going to be able to equip ourselves and hopefully stop people from going down the really slippery road to addiction" 

Two classes are scheduled right now.  The first is at the Louisville Free Public Library Main branch on York Street on Tuesday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m.  The second is at the Southwest Regional Library on Dixie Highway on Saturday, August 5 at 2 p.m.   Registration is required, call 502-574-1623 to sign up. 

The course is taught by a certified drug and alcohol counselor. It includes educational information, video testimonies from young people and facilitated discussion. Participants will receive a tool kit with information and resources

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