Uintah County Sheriff’s Office Issues Drug Warning for Parents

Warnings continue to ring out across the state after the tragic death of two 13-year-old Summit County boys who died within 48 hours of each others. While officials have not confirmed whether a new synthetic drug known as “pink” or “pinky” was the cause of death, the news came out the same day as warnings from the Park City Police Department and the School District alerting parents to the drug. The Uintah County Sheriff’s Office says they have yet to see this drug locally but are issuing a general warning to parents just the same. “The Sheriff’s Office is very concerned about the elevated use of prescription medications and other drug use,” shares the statement. “Parents, know what your kids are doing and what they are talking about. Get in their business. If you have medications, account for them and check to make sure you have the right amounts. That is what we are dealing with most right now; whatever medications teens can crush, smoke, mix. That is the big issue out here right now.” The Sheriff’s Office says this is all tied to the increase in heroin use and of course addiction. “Addiction starts with the first time and we also want kids to know that if they have started down that path that we want to help them. Don’t be ashamed, there are resources out there to help.”  Finally, the Sheriff’s Office once again urges parents and guardians to take this warning seriously. “If your kid becomes isolated and moody and you don’t know what’s going on become educated on tools and apps available to monitor your kids activities. You need to know their passwords. If they don’t want you looking at their phone then that is the first red flag.”

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