Prosecutor takes heroin fight to schools

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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The county prosecutor’s office is working with schools throughout Cape May County to try to prevent heroin use.

A round table discussion was held during the monthly County School Superintendents Meeting Feb. 5, where members of the Prosecutor’s Office detailed a drug awareness presentation, “Pills to Heroin,” being presented to middle school and high school students throughout the county.

This presentation is designed to educate students on the dangers of drug abuse and the progressive transition of addiction from prescription pills to heroin, along with the signs of abuse, as well as prevention and intervention advice, according to information from the prosecutor’s office.

Members of the prosecutor’s office and the county school superintendents also discussed random narcotics detection sweeps with police dogs throughout the county schools to deter students from bringing drugs into school. Chief Ken Super and Juvenile Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Hance stated at the meeting that the drug epidemic in Cape May County, specifically heroin, is continuing to grow.

“With the assistance of local police and school administrators, we hope to bring the dangers associated with drug abuse to our children at a young age before they can get exposed to dangerous drugs,” reads a statement from the prosecutor’s office.

On Tuesday, county Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor and Executive County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Richard Stepura announced the joint initiative on drug awareness, prevention, and drug safety in schools throughout Cape May County.

This initiative involves the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, municipal police departments, and local school districts in the County and focuses on drug awareness and drug enforcement in schools.

Taylor urged families to educate their children as to the dangers of illegal drugs and to report any information regarding illegal drug activity and or any criminal activity within the community. This information can be reported anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriffs Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net by clicking on anonymous tip, through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-465-2800 or 877-465-2801, or the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1168.


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