VALPARAISO | Recent reports given at a meeting of the Porter County Substance Abuse Council indicate programs are making an impact in Porter County.
According to a press release issued by the group, over $110,000 was granted to Porter County community organizations last fall. The funds in the 27 grants were earmarked for specific programs fighting substance abuse in the county.
Reports given at the council's June meeting indicated:
- An in-school suspension program aimed at reducing truancy and drop outs reports that second time offenders are down 52 percent and 82 percent of the students in the program have completed all of their work and are receiving credit towards graduation;
- In one school district, a random test of students eligible for drug testing, provided no positive test results.
- Eighty-six residents received substance abuse treatment for their addiction. These residents received over 780 hours of needed treatment.
- The council assisted with the purchase of a police canine unit, equipment for four law enforcement units in the county and drug testing at the courts.
- There were 31 additional police patrols on the highways looking for drunken driving.
The council and its 40 member organizations work to reduce substance abuse in the county and have been doing so for over 20 years.
The council is a coalition of treatment facilities, education providers, members of the justice community and concerned citizens.