Solana Beach: Expert to discuss prescription drug and heroin abuse among teens

A deputy sheriff who has fought illicit use of OxyContin will brief parents on a serious threat to local teenagers: abuse of prescription drugs and the deadly connection with heroin use.

Sheriff’s Sgt. David Ross will speak Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church. The public is invited to attend, and a question-and-answer period will follow.

Ross, a 21-year veteran of the county Sheriff’s Department, has worked on narcotics investigations and helped found the Prescription Drug Task Force.

“Prescription drugs have become the second most abused illegal drug behind marijuana in juveniles ages 12 to 17 and most commonly abused among 12 to 13,” says the flier publicizing the talk.

Parents will also hear compelling stories from parents whose loved ones have died of drug abuse and from users of such drugs as OxyContin, a narcotic pain reliever similar to morphine, who have become addicted for life.

“Legal, medical and treatment professionals and parents who have lived this nightmare will explain the connections between prescription drugs, heroin use and the seemingly less harmful entrance drugs,” she said.

“A Crisis in Our Community: Know the Warning Signs — Prescription Drug Abuse Kills” will be broadcast live on KCBQ AM radio, with host Rick Amato.

Calvary Lutheran is at 424 Via de la Valle in Solana Beach, just north of the San Diego County Fairgrounds. Overflow parking will be available under the office building immediately east of the church.

For more information, phone the church at (858) 755-2855, go to its website at

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