IMPD: Parents need to recognize signs of drug abuse

Heroin (WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH)-Parents are finding out just how much they don’t know about their kids and the drugs they are using.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said the drug market is always changing and they want parents to know if they don’t recognize the signs, it could be too late.

“This was the place here 20 years ago,” said Larry Henry with Salvation Army Harbor Light Center.

Henry took 24-Hour News 8 back to the spot where he said he got hooked on heroin.

“I remember standing on this corner; I remember buying dope on the corner,” Henry said.

That corner: 25th and MLK streets. Henry said nothing about the corner has changed much, but the face of who’s using Heroin has.

“Now, young Caucasians kids are the face of heroin,” he said.

Henry is now a drug councilor at Salvation Army Harbor Light Center. He said he’s seen it all, including drug dealers actually going after parents for cash.

“Tricking them out of money. Threatening them. Telling them they are going to kill their son or daughter if they don’t pay a certain amount of money because their kids owe for heroin,” said Henry, “The parents drop the money behind a dumpster somewhere. They pay the money.”

At Southport High School Captain Mike Elder is trying to get to parents before it gets that far.

“Heroin was really an inner city drug and now with heroin and coke and everything coming out in the suburbs,” said Capt. Elder.

He said parents need to face facts: your kid could be using heroin.

“They don’t see the problem because they don’t know where to look,” Capt. Elder said.

Brian Boyer was one of only a few parents who showed up to the meeting. He wants his son to know that he knows.

“Just having this as a warning; a threat provides a child an excuse; no I can’t. My parents are watching,” said Brian Boyer.

Something Henry said has to be done.

“It’s totally out of control because our kids are dying,” he said.

If you suspect anything, police say get a home drug test. It cost about $30 and you can get it at any drug store. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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