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Drug meth in environment harms children

Monday, September 27, 2004

What happens when children are exposed to methamphetamine environments?

What drug enforcment officers experience when they find children exposed to the drug meth will be the focus for a three-hour presentation in Le Mars open to the public.

The Connect for Kids session will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8 in the conference center at Floyd Valley Hospital.

Lee Lighter, special agent with the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, will discuss how cooperation and the basic "drug endangered children" philosophy can help reduce the impact of meth producers on families. The philosophy tries to give children an environment that is livable.

Around the country, Drug Endangered Children (DEC) programs have been developed to coordinate the efforts of law enforcement, medical services, and child welfare workers to ensure that children found in these drug environments receive appropriate attention and care.

Lighter will also discuss in the free presentation the chemicals associated with locally manufactured meth and their physical effects on children.

More information is available from Cindy Harpenau, R.N., B.S.N., WIC/MCH director, Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc., in Remsen at (712)786-3417.

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