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New Drug Prevention Program

A press conference has been scheduled for 10 o’clock Monday morning by St. Joseph County Probate Court Judge Tom Shumaker regarding a new, proactive drug prevention and educational program centering on St. Joseph County’s teen population.

The program is a collaboration between St. Joseph County police agencies, in partnership with the Prosecutor’s Office, Juvenile Court, Community Mental Health Substance Abuse Services, and the Human Services Commission.

Shumaker said the Sturgis Police Department and the Juvenile Court have worked on a focused initiatives to reinforce parental responsibility and deter drug use by teens through a program called Road Signs.

Information and test kits, which are a part of Road Signs, will be available for $5 at the Juvenile Court and through police agencies. The kit’s five panels test drugs ranging from marijuana to pills and cocaine.

Monday’s press conference will be in the Lower Level of the Courts Building in Centreville.

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