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Drugs are topic for upcoming forums
SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Drug use in our communities is the focus of forums in Snohomish and Monroe.
Recent reports by law enforcement have indicated that drug use, specifically heroin, is on the rise in the area and has stirred more crime activity. Drug-related crimes have been increasing in the region and has alarmed many residents. Education about drugs and the impacts is said to be one of the most important goals the local law enforcement agencies have talked about. 
The Sno-Isle Libraries’ upcoming drug forums could help with that education.
The forum is part of the library system’s “Issues That Matter” series.
The Snohomish forum will be Thursday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave.
The Monroe forum will be Thursday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Monroe Library, 1070 Village Way.
Experts are expected to speak and answer questions on drugs at the forums. 
The roster of experts include Detective David Chitwood of the Snohomish Regional Drug and Gang Task Force and Bart Wheaton, Chemical Dependency Counselor, Catholic Community Services/Cocoon House, who works with teen drug users and recovering addicts as part of his job.
In Monroe, Chitwood and Wheaton will be joined by Kerry Boone, vice chair of the Monroe Community Coalition and Officer Scott Cornish of the Monroe Police Department for the panel. 
KSER 90.7 FM’s news director Ed Bremer will moderate the forums.

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