Law enforcement makes announcement about drug abuse prevention

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Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann hosted a press conference in the Civic Center Complex, today.

Prosecutor Hermann was joined by United States Attorney John Childress, DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Mike Gannon, Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding, and Substance Abuse Council Director Dan Miller to announce a free trick-or-treat activity to take place tomorrow, October 26, 2021outside Bosse Field from 5-8 p.m.

“Getting candy and coming out in costume will be a fun event but there’s also a very serious message with it. That is to prevent them from using drugs and prevent them from possibly becoming one of these overdose deaths in the future,” Hermann said.

Hermann said Vanderburgh County has lost over 70 people alone this year to drug overdose. That number remains high on the national level as well.

“I think it’s real important for any parent to understand if you look at what’s going on in the United States right now, 93 thousand people a year are dying because of a drug overdose and 68 thousand are opioid related,” said Mike Gannon, DEA assistant special agent in charge.

Local law enforcement said it’s a way to connect and become a familiar face as well to kids and their families.

“Sometimes they see as a big bad guy that’s trying to put people in jail all the time, which I love to do- but more importantly I love interacting with the youth in our community,” Sheriff Dave Wedding said.

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