VALPARAISO — A 32-year-old Valparaiso man was taken into custody Wednesday morning after his father was found holding him down in the roadway along North Calumet Avenue.
The father of Robert Rohweder told police his son had left the work release program at the Kimbrough Center in Lake County the day before without permission, and he feared his son was back on heroin.
A passing motorist reported being flagged down by the man's father, who asked that a 911 call be placed.
Rohweder reportedly told police he became upset with his father and did not return to the center. When police discovered there was a warrant for Rohweder's arrest on a charge of escape/flight, they took him to Porter Regional Hospital to be medically cleared not knowing whether he had taken any substances.
An official with the Kimbrough Center arrived at the hospital and took the man into custody after he was medically cleared, police said.
Valparaiso was second among Northwest Indiana communities with the most per-capita overdose deaths from 2013 through 2017.
The top 10, in order, were LaPorte, Valparaiso, Crown Point, Gary, Portage, Lake Station, Michigan City, Dyer, Hobart and Griffith, according to a Times analysis that looked at municipalities with more than 10 overdoses in that span. The numbers, which are cumulative for the five-year period, include both incorporated and unincorporated areas in those communities.
Amid a national opioid overdose epidemic that kills an estimated 115 Americans a day, overdose deaths in Northwest Indiana continue to rise year after year.
While many local first responders carry naloxone and police departments have specialized overdose response units, substance abuse treatment isn't always easy to find, particularly for people without health insurance. Of those 10 communities, Crown Point, Portage, Lake Station, Dyer, Hobart and Griffith don't have treatment centers.