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October 2012

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 your drugs.

Beatrice Owen

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

Coalition Spotlight

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.

Prevention Ideas

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.

Monthly Meeting

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

Government Center 155 Indiana Ave., Suite 102 Valparaiso, Indiana 46383

Phone: (219) 462-0946
Web Site:

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