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Porter County Substance Abuse Council Staff
The DEA National Rx TBD occurs twice a year. 22,216 pounds of medications were collected in Indiana at the April 2021 TBD. Porter County youth shared that they used someone else's prescription medication, for the first time, between the age of 11 and 15 (INYS, 2018). Prevention starts with cleaning out your cabinets.
Joe Hall, Captain of Support Service for Valparaiso Police Department introduced K-9 Officer Keno and his handler Officer Jeremy Simpson at the August coalition meeting. Officer Keno was purchased by a grant from the Porter County Substance Abuse Council this past year and assists in drug interdiction arrests. Keno is a utility search dog and demonstrated his abilities at the meeting as he effortlessly recovered 4 packets of heroin in record time. The selection of this Dutch/German dog was an arduous process and continuous training make Keno a valuable asset for the department.
The community coalition meets virtually every second Thursday of the month. Follow the link below to view the calendar.
We value community input. Join us at our upcoming meetings and events to talk about prevention, treatment and recovery topics that address abuse and addiction care.
PCSAC is the Local Coordinating Council that supports the county community coalition that allows us to allocate funding to community agencies working to reduce or treat substance use disorder.
To learn more about the requirements for prevention, treatment, recovery and law enforcement grants listed above click the link below.
PCSAC works hard to offer evidence-based and promising programs to our community. Follow the link below to learn more about the programs we coordinate to reduce the incidents of substance use in Porter County. Prevention is key!
Staff is here to help! If you or someone you know is in need of treatment, mutual-aid groups like NA/AA and SMART Recovery, or transitional living homes please give us a call and we will provided you with a list of referrals based on your needs. For a comprehensive list of treatment providers, mutual-aid groups, and recovery homes follow the link below.
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The Council’s Drunk Driving Task Force hosted a 2 day “Wet Lab” at the MAAC Training Center on June 8th & 9th for Porter County Law Enforcement to gain practical experience by interacting with 30 inebriated volunteers. Officers from the area improved their skills performing field sobriety and breath tests to determine blood alcohol levels and the level of intoxication to warrant an OWI arrest.
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Thank you to our partners who organized the "Wet Lab" and to the participants who helped make this a successful skill building training. Our partners included: Porter County Sheriff’s Office; Hebron Police Department, Indiana State Police, ICJI, Valparaiso Police Department, Portage Police Department, Ogden Dunes Police Department, Porter Police Department, Burns Harbor Police Department, Chesterton Police Department, Recovery Connections and Kristi Chervenak.
We love meeting members of the community, so feel free to visit the office weekdays 8 AM - 3 PM. Parents we have home drug testing kits both traditional and digital to assist you with your prevention efforts!
57 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 203, Valparaiso, IN 46383