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Dave Reynolds

Porter County Sheriff Dave Reynolds discusses the consequences of heroin use in a newly released video.

VALPARAISO — The video begins with a panicked E-911 call and graphic police images of drug overdose victims.

It ends nearly 17 minutes later with a flurry of emergency calls and the sobering statistic that there were 46 drug overdose deaths in Porter County during the first 10 months of this year, which is just one shy of all such deaths last year.

The video, "Heroin: Not a Problem, An Epidemic Part 2," was released last week by the Porter County Sheriff's Department as a followup to an original video on the topic from two years earlier.

"While the new video does warn of viewer discretion, it drives home the point of how relevant this problem is to every single person in our community, in our state and in our nation," Sheriff Dave Reynolds said Monday afternoon.

"We need to come together as a community to combat this epidemic, and I feel in Porter County, we are trying to do that."

The video was completed by the department in conjunction with JBH Productions Inc.

The new video follows up with individuals from the first video in 2015 and addresses the introduction of Fentanyl into Porter County, according to the department.

"Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate that is 75 times stronger than pure heroin," Reynolds said in August. "The users are buying heroin that is laced with Fentanyl, which is drastically increasing our overdose deaths."

The new video touches on the rising overdose numbers and the surviving family members impacted by those deaths.

"I have said this before, but we cannot arrest our way out of this problem," Reynolds said. "Parents and family need to take responsibility and accountability as well. As parents, we need to know where our kids are, what our kids are doing, know who their friends are and monitor their social media."

The sheriff's department has a Heroin Overdose Response Team, which gathers information from overdose scenes and cell phones to build cases against those bringing the drug into the community, he said.

The videos can be found on the sheriff's department Facebook page and on YouTube.


Porter/LaPorte county reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.