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Former football player weighs in against drug use

LAPORTE | A former college football star and record-setting weight lifter turned minister will visit LaPorte to try to steer children onto the right path in life.

April 09, 2014 2:58 pm

Porter County heroin deaths up but suicides down

VALPARAISO | Heroin deaths were up, but suicides were down. Murders were down, but motor vehicle fatalities were up.

March 23, 2014 12:00 am

Expanded immunity for underage drinkers could save more lives

INDIANAPOLIS | State Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, is eager to spread the word to college students, and all Hoosiers, about new additions to Indiana's innovative Lifeline Law — once it's signed by Republican Gov. Mike Pence.

March 18, 2014 6:45 pm

Mind control: Alcohol, drug addiction stew in the brain

Alcoholism can destroy a liver. Heroin needles can spread HIV. And cocaine can stop a beating heart.

March 10, 2014 6:15 pm

Heroin, the rush that ends in a morgue

CROWN POINT | Heroin users can choose their poison.

March 09, 2014 12:00 am

State lawmakers send more measures to governor

INDIANAPOLIS | The Republican-controlled Indiana House and Senate met briefly Thursday to give final approval to another batch of legislation that now goes to Republican Gov. Mike Pence for his signature or veto.

March 06, 2014 6:15 pm
Appeals court affirms 40-year sentence for partner in Jada Justice murder

Appeals court affirms 40-year sentence for partner in Jada Justice murder

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the 40-year prison term issued to Timothy Tkachik, the Hobart man who admitted assisting in the brutal 2009 murder of 2-year-old Jada Justice.

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'Miracle drug' to halt heroin overdoses wins House approval

INDIANAPOLIS | First responders would be authorized to treat Hoosiers suffering drug overdoses with naloxone -- a so-called "miracle drug" that quickly neutralizes the effects of heroin and other opioids -- under legislation approved 96-0 by the House Wednesday.

February 26, 2014 5:05 pm

EDITORIAL: Treat overdoses as potential crime scenes

LaPorte County officials are making plans to treat drug overdose deaths as potential homicides. The idea is to try to recover evidence that might lead to the dealers who provided the illegal drugs.

February 21, 2014 12:00 am

LaPorte County considers treating heroin overdose deaths as homicide investigations

There are plans in LaPorte County to start treating overdose deaths — especially from heroin — as possible homicide investigations to uncover more evidence that might lead to the dealers who provided the narcotics.

February 16, 2014 7:45 pm

Empower fights Porter County substance abuse

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's death of a heroin overdose should send shudders in every home.

February 14, 2014 12:00 am

Gary man, 23, pleads guilty to felony heroin deal charge

HAMMOND | A Gary man pleaded guilty Friday to selling heroin to an undercover informant in Lake County, court records show.

February 07, 2014 5:54 pm

Homewood man found guilty of dealing heroin in Munster in 2012

CROWN POINT | It took a Lake Criminal Court jury about one hour Tuesday to find a Homewood man guilty of dealing heroin in Munster in September 2012.

February 04, 2014 8:15 pm

Some paramedics already have access to OD-fighting drug

A story that appeared in Tuesday's edition regarding the drug naloxone should have stated top qualified paramedics in the state already have the legal right to administer naloxone, branded Narcan, to combat overdoses involving heroin and other opioids, according to Aaron Kochar, director of …

February 04, 2014 11:31 am
'Miracle drug' touted in fight against heroin deaths

'Miracle drug' touted in fight against heroin deaths

Heroin use ended more lives across Northwest Indiana in 2013 than any other illegal drug, according to local coroner reports.

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Clergy urging drug treatment facility for LaPorte

LAPORTE | A Porter County group that specializes in treating addictions to heroin and other drugs is exploring whether to open a clinic in LaPorte due to ongoing concerns about narcotics use here.

January 14, 2014 6:00 pm

Police: Man jumps from second story window to avoid arrest

LAPORTE | A suspected heroin user without shoes or pants on tried to run from police in LaPorte on Friday, but officers tracked his bare footprints in the snow to make the arrest.

January 10, 2014 10:35 am
Return home for the holidays proves fatal for LaPorte man

Return home for the holidays proves fatal for LaPorte man

LAPORTE | Richard and Lisa Lliteras believed their son Nicholas was on his road to recovery from a heroin addiction.

December 26, 2013 9:00 pm
Drug overdose deaths continue to plague region

Drug overdose deaths continue to plague region

Lita Peters is executive director of Respite House, a home for recovering alcoholics and addicts in Valparaiso. Heroin overdose deaths in Northwest Indiana are increasing, officials say. The Respite House in Valparaiso was founded in 2009, and tries to help recovering drug addicts get back o…

November 24, 2013 12:00 am
Drug overdose deaths continue to plague region

Drug overdose deaths continue to plague region

Steve, a recovering heroin addict at Respite House in Valparaiso, counts the number of friends who have died from a drug overdose.

November 24, 2013 12:00 am
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