Local high schools, hospitals, the Christian County Prevention Coalition, and the Christian County Problem Solving Court have come together to try to end heroin use in Christian County. Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettlekamp said these organizations are bringing a program of guest speakers to the area under the name of Cops, Convicts, and Kids. Kettlekamp said through this program high schoolers and the rest of the community can learn more about the real issues of heroin use and how it can be stopped.
The other two speakers include a police officer from a town near the Chicago area and what he's experienced from being on the job there for 25 years, and pro skateboarder Brandon Novak, a recovering drug addict whose message is directly for the teens.
Kettlekamp said through this program, the organizations hope they can get support from the community to want to build a drug treatment center in the area and have volunteers that truly want to help those who want to help themselves and get clean.
Kettlekamp said it's imperative to get the addicts the help they need within the two hours, that way they can't decide to change their mind, go back to the drugs, or experience withdrawals outside of a controlled environment.
Kettlekamp appeared on the NEWSTALK WTIM Morning Show.