Dozens take part in Operation Street Smart

Studies show the drug epidemic is continuing to worsen.
But in order to help, do we even know what to look out for?
That’s why more than 100 teachers, first responders, doctors and others gathered at Wheeling Hospital on Monday to learn about what more they can do.
They learned this information through Operation Street Smart.
Operation Street Smart is an adult drug-education program dedicated towards getting the community involved in policing drugs.
Participants are given up-to-date information on current drug trends, terminology,and more, so they know what they’re dealing with.
Officials said the Street Smart program has been presented more than 1,5000 times throughout Ohio and the U.S.
Several local, community members told 7News they couldn’t be happier about what they learned.
“This has been a true plague on society, especially here in the Ohio Valley. So, the more we can educate people, the more we can educate our staff and the community, the better off we’ll all be,” said Michael Stauver, Vice President of The McKeen Group.
“I think it will be very educational for us as nurses to take that forward to the emergency room: things to look for and ways they conceal it. I think it will be great for the school resource officers and EMS when they go out on the street to find some of these things that they were not looking for before,” said Heather Merkel, Emergency Department Manager at Wheeling Hospital.
The Street Smart program was first created by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Three current/former undercover detectives give the presentation. 

Together, they have more than 50 years of narcotics experience.

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