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Substance Abuse

GUEST COMMENTARY: Lack of DUI fees threatens anti-drug efforts

GUEST COMMENTARY: Lack of DUI fees threatens anti-drug efforts

Every county in Indiana has a coalition of community members working to fight substance abuse. As envisioned by then-Gov. Evan Bayh and the state legislators, these coalitions would be self-funded by local drivers convicted of drunken driving.

April 10, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Fighting substance abuse is team effort

Everyone in Porter County knows the drug problem needs to be addressed. The difficulty lies in determining how best to do it.

April 06, 2014 12:00 am

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

EDITORIAL: Our views on some legislative actions

The Indiana General Assembly processed many bits of legislation — some good, some bad, most in between. We'll deal with some of it in length, but here are short reactions to a few of those bills:

March 19, 2014 12:00 am
Addiction begins easily; recovery takes effort

Addiction begins easily; recovery takes effort

Portage Chief of Police Troy Williams displays a flashlight that converts into a pipe used to smoke drugs during Breaking the Silence, a free event last December at the Porter County Expo Center that targeted substance abuse and addiction issues.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
Addiction begins easily; recovery takes effort

Addiction begins easily; recovery takes effort

Portage Police Chief Troy Williams talks about drug paraphernalia with Valparaiso Assistant Police Chief Rich Spicer as parents and their children participate in a program called Breaking the Silence, a free event last December at the Porter County Expo Center that targeted substance abuse a…

March 16, 2014 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Improve drug treatment, prevention efforts

Northwest Indiana, like everywhere else, needs to put more focus on drug abuse treatment, not just incarceration.

March 14, 2014 12:00 am

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
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The Daily Fix

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January 29, 2014 12:00 am
Breaking the Silence event targets substance abuse, addiction

Breaking the Silence event targets substance abuse, addiction

Portage Chief of Police Troy Williams displays a flashlight that converts into a pipe used to smoke drugs Tuesday night during Breaking the Silence, a free event at the Porter County Expo Center that targeted substance abuse and addiction issues.

December 03, 2013 6:58 pm
Breaking the Silence event targets substance abuse, addiction

Breaking the Silence event targets substance abuse, addiction

D.E. "Sonshine" Trouche, executive director of Worthy Women Recovery Home in LaPorte, speaks Tuesday night during the Breaking the Silence program at the Porter County Expo Center. The event targeted substance abuse and addiction issues in children. It aimed to give parents the tools to talk…

December 03, 2013 6:58 pm
Breaking the Silence event targets substance abuse, addiction

Breaking the Silence event targets substance abuse, addiction

Diane Chilian, of Valparaiso, listens to speakers Tuesday night during the Breaking the Silence event at the Porter County Expo Center. The program targeted substance abuse and addiction issues in teens with the aim of giving parents the tools to talk to their children about the dangers of d…

December 03, 2013 6:58 pm
Breaking the Silence event targets substance abuse, addiction

Breaking the Silence event targets substance abuse, addiction

Portage Police Chief Troy Williams, right, talks about drug paraphernalia along with Valparaiso Assistant Police Chief Rich Spicer, background, as parents and their children participate in a program called Breaking the Silence. The free event Tuesday night at the Porter County Expo Center ta…

December 03, 2013 6:58 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: Treatment, support are keys to recovery

GUEST COMMENTARY: Treatment, support are keys to recovery

September is Recovery Month. Just like diabetes and hypertension, mental health and substance abuse disorders are diseases that can be managed, enabling patients to live healthy and rewarding lives.

September 26, 2013 12:00 am

PC schools get $15,000 for random drug testing

VALPARAISO | Porter County schools got a $15,000 donation from the Porter County Substance Abuse Council to help fund random drug testing.

August 23, 2013 12:00 am

New campaign to help parents talk to younger children about the dangers of underage drinking

“Talk. They Hear You.” a new national public service announcement (PSA) campaign that empowers parents to talk to children as young as nine years old about the dangers of underage drinking was launched today by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The kicko…

August 14, 2013 5:16 pm

Substance Abuse Council reports activities

VALPARAISO | Recent reports given at a meeting of the Porter County Substance Abuse Council indicate programs are making an impact in Porter County.

June 30, 2013 12:00 am
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The Daily Fix

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June 07, 2013 12:00 am

South suburban agency gets county contract for substance abuse counseling

CHICAGO | The Cook County Board on Wednesday approved a contract paying more than $1 million to four entities, including one in the south suburbs, to provide counseling and other services to people who receive probation for drug-related offenses.

May 29, 2013 9:00 pm

EDITORIAL: Say no to drugs, but yes to screening

The Valparaiso Community Schools board is right to consider random drug testing for students who park at school or participate in extracurricular activities. Some other districts already have this plan in place.

March 29, 2013 12:00 am
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