Police hold meeting to alert parents to dangerous drug trends

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Police want parents to know about the hidden dangers of drugs and alcohol. One mother says she doesn't want anymore kids to die from drugs.

"I'm blown away," said Tami Williams, a Hamilton County mother who attended a meeting Wednesday that was a kind of "Scared Straight" for parents.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department wants parents to know what they're up against. A captain shows how marijuana can be secreted inside common cigarettes and what looks like a bag of wrapped-up chocolates is actually "LSD chocolate candy."



"Our lives have changed forever," said Jeanine Motsay.

Motsay's son, Sam, an honor student, died on Mother's Day after trying the synthetic drug NBOMe just once.

"Certainly he never thought it would kill him," his mother told parents and young people at the forum.

She says Sam thought it was LSD, but it was actually 60 times stronger.

"Those are very dangerous and they may not be what their peers may be telling them," Motsay said.

It's a message she wants young people to hear.



At a display table, parents learned what to look for in a kid's room or backpack. Things Jake has already found.

"I was on heroin bad," he said.

After four months in jail, Jake is now free and in programs to turn his life around.

"It's really bad. It's an epidemic. It's everywhere. Don't ever do it. It's not worth it," he said.

"These parent tours are useful, because they can point out the solution that's available to every family," said addiction expert Scott Watson with Heartland Intervention. "We have to parent with our eyes wide open. Good parents look at their kids' cell phone records. Good parents are aware of who their kids are hanging out with, where they're going."

He says call ahead to make sure other parents will be at the home their teens are visiting and that there's not an unsupervised drinking party instead - another growing, deadly problem.

Back at the display, looking at the designer and synthetic drugs confiscated by police, Tami says "Now that I see them I would really question it."

We asked her if it's "worrisome all the things as a parent you have to become aware of now?"

She says, "It scares me to death,"

Jeanine Motsay and Justin Phillips, whose son died of a heroin overdose have started separate websites to help others.

OverdoseLifeline.org
SamsWatch.org