VERSAILLES – “The one thing we know: The drug and alcohol culture was strong when I was growing up and it’s even stronger now,” announced Jermaine Galloway Sept. 18.
The Idaho police officer was at Versailles Baptist Church, training 15 attendees about alcohol and substance abuse trends and identifiers. “You Can’t Stop What you Don’t Know” is his theme as he makes presentations across the country.
His speeches and workshops in Ripley and Dearborn counties were financially supported by the Ripley County Local Coordinating Council, Indiana Youth Institute, Dearborn County Citizens Against Substance Abuse and One Community One Family of Community Mental Health Center.
Youth issues tied to substance abuse range from violence, fights and domestic abuse to bullying, truancy, dropouts, reduction in grades and vandalism. Parents “look at things as small, no big deal.” Then incidents mount up and they think, “‘Crap, how did we get here?’ You need to address the small stuff,” he advised.
Galloway recently told a Wisconsin officer, “I run into methamphetamine all the time .. I see heroin every now and then.” The Wisconsin man said in his state it’s just the opposite.
Keeping up with drugs can be confusing for police and the public. Using marijuana is a misdemeanor in Idaho. “You cross over our border and go to the state of Washington and it’s totally legal.”
The expert announced ecstasy is the main drug of choice at raves, which are dance parties, sometimes with visual effects. “They’ll have black lights in a room, so all these colors jump out.” He said, “If a kid talked about hanging out with Molly … right next to his dad,” Molly means ecstasy. Other terms are X, thizz, weezy, one, rolling and PLUR, a rave acronym for Peace, Love, Unity, Respect.
He believes marijuana is the most abused drug because “it’s so easy to get.” Two-thirds of new marijuana users are under 18. Nine percent who try it develop abuse and dependence, 17 percent if they start before 18. Sixty-seven percent of teens are referred to substance abuse treatment because of marijuana. He warned, “Don’t just think they stay in the marijuana world… frequently they’re dabbling in other drugs.”