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.
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…
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…
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…
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.
VALPARAISO | Porter County schools got a $15,000 donation from the Porter County Substance Abuse Council to help fund random drug testing.
“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…
VALPARAISO | Recent reports given at a meeting of the Porter County Substance Abuse Council indicate programs are making an impact in Porter County.
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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.
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.
Being a teenager is never easy, but for some kids, it is excruciating. For parents, being able to tell the difference between normal growing pains and real trouble is crucial.
INDIANAPOLIS | For the first time since 2007, a Northwest Indiana lawmaker will play a significant role in deciding how the state spends some $30 billion over the next two years.
PORTAGE | Portage Township Schools Superintendent E. Ric Frataccia said he may recommend a policy requiring random drug testing of high school students in the next few months.
Talk about a loaded question. State Rep. Hal Slager's question is this: Do you believe Indiana, like other states, should implement random drug testing as a requirement to receiving state-funded welfare benefits?
Testing welfare recipients for drug use is a popular cause, but the dollars and cents don't add up.
Christopher Kennedy Lawford, whose parents are the late Patricia Kennedy Lawford and her actor husband Peter Lawford, is coming to Valparaiso University in March to speak at a dinner event in the ballroom of the Harre Student Union.
GARY | “Suicide and Substance Abuse” is the focus of this year’s Faces of Suicide conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 9, co-sponsored by the Northwest Indiana Suicide Prevention Council and the Wellness Team of Indiana University Northwest.
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Transportation and health are two sectors that merit immediate attention in Northwest Indiana. Both saw the quality of life decline, as reported in the 2012 Quality of Life Indicators Report released Tuesday by One Region.
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