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Drug Endangered Children Seminar

According to the OBN about eight thousand kids are taken into state custody for abuse and neglect each year.
MIAMI, OK -- The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics holds a seminar to teach the Miami community how to spot, and help drug endangered children.

According to the OBN about 8,000 kids are taken into state custody for abuse and neglect each year.

Investigators say drugs play a big role in child abuse cases and need people to be on the lookout for children who might be in harmful situations.

Daniel Christophel is a detective for the Child Advocacy Center Of Ottawa County.

He helps hundreds of kids escape harmful living environments each year.

"How hard is it? You get angry sometimes," says Christophel.

He handles about three to five abuse cases a week. Most have one factor in common - drugs.

"This is something that isn't going to go away. It's something that will last for a long long time," says Christophel.

So, he's glad the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics was in town today hosting a seminar on helping drug endangered children.

"Get them the help that they need and get the parents back on track so they can raise their kids," says OBN agent Dub Turner who taught the seminar.

More than 60 law enforcement officers, teachers, day care workers and DHS employees learned how to help kids in drug-ridden households.

"We've learned through the years that when we don't sit down and work together with law enforcement child protective services these children slip through the cracks and that when we end up with dead and near death children out here," says Turner.

Christophel says these types of programs can increase the amount of kids the advocacy center can help.

"The better off we're going to be as far as getting the word out that we do exists, the services that we provide, what we can do for a child and those kinds of things," says Christophel.

OBN agents taught participants about spot various drugs including spice, k-2 and methamphetamine.

Investigators urge anyone who might suspect a child is drug endangered to immediately contact law enforcement or DHS.

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