Octobers are Now Declared Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Month in Porter County

Octobers are Now Declared Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Month in Porter County

 11/3/2017 |  Views:1,875 |  Posted by: Michelle Volk |  Reading Time: 1 Minute |  Article Tags: 

October is known for pumpkins, costumes and the changing of the leaves. In Porter County, Indiana it will be recognized as a month of awareness, education and also remembrance. The Porter County Board of Commissioners has issued a proclamation that recognizes the rise of opioid and heroin use within its borders. 

A stakeholders meeting that we mentioned in our August newsletter, resulted in a step forward to combat the growing problem. This proclamation, which starts out with the statement, “There has been a simultaneous rise in opioid use and abuse associated with adverse outcomes, (e.g. addiction, overdose deaths, insufficient pain relief and treatment alternatives) leading the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Indiana State Department of Health, the Porter County Health Department, and the elected officials in Porter County to classify the overuse and abuse of heroin and opioid drugs an “epidemic”.

It goes on to say that the month of October will be utilized for awareness, prevention and education of Porter County and other Indiana residents on this deadly problem.

Great Lakes Labs will continue to be instrumental in those efforts in many ways.  To read more of the proclamation, CLICK HERE

Michelle Volk

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