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Substance Abuse

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

Risk Factors

Protective Factors

Mental Health & Gambling Behaviors

Alcohol Consumption 

Tobacco & Marijuana

Other Drugs

PowerPoint from the June 29, 2016 Presentation

Success Stories


Substance Abuse Recovery: A Story of Triumph

Porter County continually ranks in the top 10 in the nation for opiate fatality per capita. Frontline Foundation Inc. is a non-profit substance abuse recovery support program whose mission is to provide outreach to the residents suffering from addiction. A grant from the Porter County Community Foundation afforded Frontline an interactive curriculum that helps young men and women reinforce new life skills. Take a look at how Frontline helped to get Eric’s life back in order.

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