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First Baptist Church hosts seminar on drug trends

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

Area educators and law enforcement officials were among the large crowd learning about current trends in drug abuse.

Bruce R. Talbot, a retired sergeant with the Chicago Police Department, presented the seminar, “The Ivory Wave Tsunami,” last Thursday at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.
The title of the seminar, Talbot said, is related to the fact that the popularity of certain drugs “goes in waves.”
He said that every one of his seminars is different, that he adapts his presentations for each one on the quarterly drug reports prepared by the Illinois State Police.
“Every (county) has a completely different drug (that’s most popular),” he said.
“Even though Marion County and Fayette County are side by side, the drugs being used there (in Marion) are very different,” Talbot said.
Talbot’s presentation included information on trends in the use of synthetic drugs, marijuana and methamphetamine, as well as information on Central Illinois and narcotic drug trends, the state’s medical marijuana law and a new fad: smoking alcohol.
Talbot’s presentation was sponsored by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, Vandalia Rotary Club, Soroptimist International of Vandalia and First National Bank of Vandalia-Scarpaci Fund.
Supporting partners were Fayette County Hospital, Regional Office of Education No. 3, ROE Alternative Education students, Kaskaskia College, First Baptist Church, The Leader-Union, WMPB-WKRV Radio.