The Coast News Group

Drug-endangered kids need warmth

CARLSBAD — The Carlsbad Police Department families are collecting new jackets, coats, sweatshirts or any other type of cold weather outerwear for Drug Endangered Children (DEC). For those of you that are not familiar with the department for DEC, it responds when law enforcement officers come in contact with children who have been exposed/neglected due to dangerous situations involving drugs.The DEC is primarily in need of sizes infant through 6 years old, but can use any size clothing. Bins will be in the atrium at 2560 Orion Way, for collection and will be picked up and delivered to DEC on Dec. 10.

Officers recently met 4-year-old “Jacob” when conducting a probation search of his mother in their motel room. Mom had been smoking heroin all night. The child was taken into protective custody with the little clothing he had on him. He later tested positive for heroin. The drive is to help keep these youngsters warm during their tough transitions.