INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (Dec. 2, 2014)--Leaders with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) held a drug trend forum at Southport High School Tuesday.
The discussion was open to the public and gave parents the opportunity to learn about new drugs that are popular, and the warning signs all parents should watch for.
"This is horribly concerning because this is everyday stuff," said Janine Below, a parent to three teenagers.
IMPD Captain Michel Elder led the forum. He offered some warning signs to pay close attention to.
"You are going to know your child he best and if there's big mood changes, if they were a good student and now they're not, if they were involved with the family," said Elder.
While those are some of the changes to be mindful of, Elder says parents should have a conversation with their children before jumping to any conclusions.
Parents were also offered at home drug testing kits. They were provided by an initiative called "Not My Kid."
Below says she plans on using the drug-kit as a scare tactic.
"If that's a deterrent, then fine. If you want to tell your buddy that mom has got a drug kit at home--I'd be more than happy to test you and your buddy," said Below.
Elder says parents need to be aware that narcotics have evolved into manufactured synthetic drugs.
"It's more dangerous, just that whole synthetic component adds a whole different level of an addiction. I'm afraid that they just can't walk away from it," said Below.
"We are seeing the NBOMe, but it has kind of slowed down. There was the peak earlier in the year when there were the couple of deaths," said Elder.
Currently, heroin is the drug on choice in central Indiana. Elder says the drug is cheap to buy, easy to find, and extremely addictive.
"In order to maintain their habit they are going out and breaking into cars, doing burglaries and it's causing other crimes other than the narcotic itself," said Elder.
Substance abuse councilor Scott Watson says parents need to be vigilant and do their part.
"You need to look through the cell phone, you need to make sure that the party they go to is supervised, and you need to check the sock drawer," said Watson.