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Regina hosts seminar on modern drug trends, investigation challenges

Last year, the Regina Foundation Community Relations Committee sponsored a public seminar focused on concussions. The idea was to bring programs into Hastings that help support the community through healthy living and current important topics.

On Monday, March 31, the committee is bringing another health seminar to Regina. This time, the topic is drugs.

Sergeant Daniel Bianconi, commander of the Dakota County Drug Task Force, is the speaker for the event. He’ll talk about the drug task force, what it does and how it works, what sort of cases are being investigated, examples of recent real cases and current trends in drug use.

“For most people, it will be an interesting topic,” he said.

His hope, he said, is that those who attend the program will have a better understanding of what’s going on with drugs in the community and some of the problems the community is facing.

“If you don’t understand where you are, you won’t understand, necessarily, how to go about fixing (the problems),” he said.

The seminar is an opportunity for the drug task force as well.

“This helps us because the community is really our best resource as to what is going on in their neighborhood,” Bianconi said.

The seminar is a way for the Hastings community to become more familiar and comfortable with the drug task force, and residents who develop a rapport with the task force are more likely to provide tips, information and concerns, he said.

But the best part of the seminar will be at the end. That, Bianconi said, is when people will get a chance to ask questions.

The free seminar will be held in the Regina Hospital conference center from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 31.