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A longtime York City narcotics detective said people who attend his upcoming educational forum on heroin will be able to speak freely.

Detective First Class Andrew Shaffer and two other drug detectives will conduct the forum, set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in York City Council chambers at 101 S. George St.

Between them, the detectives have a combined 60 years of narcotics knowledge, gained from conducting hundreds of investigations and interviews with heroin dealers and users, Shaffer said.

The goal of the forum is to educate parents and their young adult children about heroin by using real-world experiences, he said.

People will be able to examine actual heroin in its different forms and will learn about the drug paraphernalia used to ingest the deadly opiate.

Shaffer said there will be a PowerPoint presentation and a question-and-answer period.

The forum will be closed to the media so people will be able to speak candidly about their own experiences and ask whatever questions they have, Shaffer said, adding the detectives will not censor their answers, either.

Seating is limited, he said. To reserve a seat, call York City's detective bureau at (717) 849-2219.

Shaffer said York City narcotics detectives also offer the presentation to groups and organizations in York County. Call the same number to schedule a presentation.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.

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