The Need: Porter County has a growing epidemic of substance abuse, including higher than state average rates for the use of alcohol, marijuana, “Ecstasy,” and other non-prescribed drugs, plus rising death rates from heroin use. These dangerous habits affect productivity, crime rates, family development, and more.
The Solutions: In 2013 the Foundation launched Empower Porter County, an initiative that unites the community to fight substance abuse. Empower is a collaboration of governmental units, nonprofit organizations, individuals and businesses focused on one shared vision – to save lives and create a healthy community.
Substance abuse is a shared problem and it will take all of us working together in the community to understand the challenges and seek solutions. We believe the place to start is to understand the extent to which the problem currently exists. To that end, we have commissioned this research report in order to provide a baseline of reliable information regarding substance abuse issues, prevention tactics and treatment, and recovery resources throughout Porter County. Empower Porter County has engaged the Institute for Social and Policy Research at Purdue University Northwest to issue a series of reports which are intended to help our community better understand the issues of alcohol, tobacco, drug and other substance abuse. You will find all 6 reports below.
Children & Adolescent Substance Use in Porter County 2016 Reports