PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - You don't have to go to a street corner anymore.
Police say kids are getting drugs through their phones.
Encrypted message apps like Kick and Whatsapp allow children to connect with dealers, and even have drugs mailed to them. Detective Joelle Dickson tells how apps allow children to learn how to buy substances online:
“Credit cards, they can use the different kinds of cash apps, sometimes they can actually even convert gift cards into a crypto-currency and use different kinds of Bitcoins and they’re actually ordering stuff off the dark web,” said Dickson.
Dickson says there are safeguards guardians can put in place:
“It should be an open dialog as to okay, I’m here to protect you and I’m going to check your phone, I’m going to check your search history and you’re not going to be able to download apps, you’re not going to get packages delivered, you’re not going to have access to a credit card,” said Dickson.
Representative Natalie Mihalek and Bethel Park Police will host a public forum at the Bethel Park Community Center at 7 p.m. Thursday to help guardians identify drugs and how they're accessed.