Local law enforcement provided prevention information to a steady stream of customers at the first in a series of Coffee with a Cop at the Valparaiso restaurant March 23, 2022. Officers were available to answer community concerns and distribute prevention, treatment and recovery resources.
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.
The Porter County Substance Abuse Council conducted an environmental scan focusing on alcohol messaging, alcohol use and access, and tobacco use. Environmental scanning is a process involving the observation (data collection) of social mechanisms that influence a behavior—in this case alcohol and tobacco consumption—and the interpretation (data analysis) of the information to better understand a behavioral trend.
The scan was conducted concurrent with the Chicagoland Popcorn Festival and Parade held on Saturday September 11, 2021, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. by PCSAC’s coalitions –LCC, Valparaiso, Chesterton, and Portage. Seven volunteers collected 61 alcohol and 26 tobacco impressions.
The community coalition meets the second Thursday of the month at the Community Foundation, 1401 Calumet Avenue, Valparaiso. Public forum - all welcome! 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 issues and unintended consequences.
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