Dedicated to working for a drug-free Porter County, the Substance Abuse Council is a coalition of treatment facilities, education providers, members of the justice community and concerned citizens. A member of the Governor’s Commission for a Drug Free Indiana, the Council has been providing funding to community resources for over fifteen years.
Volume 1, Issue 2, Oct. 2012
From the Director
October is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month.
The incidence of prescription abuse continues to rise.
This month’s edition of the newsletter highlights the
problem of prescription drug abuse and offers some
insights, suggestions and tips for decreasing abuse.
64% of teenagers that are abusing prescription pain
medicine report that they received the drugs from
friends or relatives. Myths about safety issues persist.
Prescription drug abuse is not safer than “illegal” drugs.
Mixing medications with alcohol can be lethal. Follow
doctor’s orders and don’t let anyone else use/abuse
Drug Take-Back Locations
There are 4 locations in Porter County to drop off your unwanted/unused medications. All four are in the lobby of the Police Department, access 24/7:
Chesterton Police Department, 790 Broadway
Porter Police Department, 50 Frances Street
Portage Police Department, 2693 Irving
Valparaiso Police Department, 355 S. Washington
This month we are highlighting prescription drug abuse. 1 in 4 teens report that they have taken a prescription medication that was not prescribed for them by a doctor. Every day 2,500 teens take a prescription pain reliever, for a non-medical use, for the first time. More teens abuse prescription medications than any other illegal drugs, except marijuana
This video was developed and produced by the Prevention Awareness Network.
Create a safe environment: know what is in your medicine cabinet, properly dispose of unused/expired medications, secure all prescription medications in a safe place and educate family and friends (especially grandparents).
Notice common signs of abuse: physical and psychological changes, changes in academic performance and pills missing from the medicine cabinet.
Talk to your teens: be open and non-judgmental, communicate regularly, and talk about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
Pharmaceutical companies are helping out in the effort to reduce prescription drug abuse by investing into tamper-free drugs that, among other things, block the narcotic’s effects if the drug is crushed.
The Substance Abuse Council meets the second Thursday of every month. The public is welcome and invited. If you want to become a member of the Council, and therefore eligible for the funds, you need to become a member and attend the meetings.
The next meeting will be held October 11th at 11:00 a.m. at the Valparaiso Police Department. Topic: Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws with special guests Judge Linda Chezem and Sonya Carrico, Director of the Substance Abuse Services Division of the Indiana Criminal Justice institute. Hope to see you there!
Porter County Substance Abuse Council
155 Indiana Ave., Suite 102
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383
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