Problem Statement #1: The reduction of youth and adult alcohol consumption continues to be a top priority inLaPorte County.
GOAL: Reduce the LaPorte County Alcohol misuse rate priority score by 5% from 220 to 209 by 2020.
- Support evidence-based strategies through the Drug Free Communities grant and other prevention, treatment or justice approaches in the areas of alcohol abuse.
- Support alternative judicial and treatment pathways for offenders, such as problem-solving courts and juvenile diversionary options that address alcohol/ use abuse.
- Pursue administering the Indiana Prevention Resource Center survey in all school districts.
- Promote an underage drinking tip line to assist enforcement of alcohol abuse.
- Collaborate with businesses, schools, community organizations, parents and Lead and Seed groups to provide community and youth focused outreach, including the promotion of Social Host law consequences in LaPorte County.
- Market “Above the Influence”, “Talk They Hear You” and other prevention social media campaigns to the community.
- Support youth leadership training / advocacy activities to encourage peer-to-peer prevention, such as the best-practice Lead and Seed program.
- Support law enforcement efforts in dealing with the issue of underage drinking and binge drinking such as but not limited to overtime patrols, training and equipment.
- Promote certified server training program opportunities to educate alcohol serving and selling establishments in regards to Indiana laws specific, liabilities, signs of intoxication, spotting fake identification, etc.
Problem Statement #2: La Porte County synthetic marijuana usage by youth and adults continues to be problematic.
GOAL: Reduce the La Porte County Synthetic Marijuana Abuse index (12th grade) rate by 1% from 3.4% to 2.4% by 2020.
- Support affordable treatment options for persons who are uninsured/indigent through the new programs as it pertains to synthetic marijuana use and abuse.
- Support alternative judicial and treatment pathways for offenders, such as problem-solving courts that address synthetic marijuana use and abuse.
- Promote awareness of synthetic marijuana abuse issues in the workplace and encourage adoption of drug free workplace policies.
- Focus education efforts to enhance knowledge of the impact of synthetic marijuana use including through media, facility, & community-oriented awareness.
- Support law enforcement efforts in dealing with the issue of synthetic marijuana/intoxicated driving, such as but not limited to overtime patrols, training and equipment.
Problem Statement #3: LaPorte County heroin usage is of epidemic proportion resulting in major overdoses and deaths.
GOAL: To reduce the amount priority score for heroin by 5% (from 200 to 190) by 2020.
- Support law enforcement undercover operations that result in increasing the number of arrests for distribution and purchase of heroin.
- Support training programs to benefit areas such as law enforcement education and clinical treatment efforts.
- Initiate prevention education efforts to impact youth, with priority for evidence-based, and speaker presentations.
- Support affordable heroin treatment options for persons who are uninsured/indigent.
Problem Statement #4: Prescription drug misuse among youth and adults is a critical issue in LaPorte County.
GOAL: To reduce nonmedical prescription drug usage by 3% in 2017
- Support affordable treatment options for prescription drug abuse for persons who are uninsured / indigent.
- Promote law enforcement initiatives such as prescription drug take backs to reduce distribution and purchase of prescription drugs.
- Support alternative judicial and treatment pathways for offenders who use / abuse prescription drugs, such as drug and problem-solving courts.
- Support effective programs/materials to address prescription drug misuse prevention with youth and adults.
- Mobilize an opioid task force to increase the awareness of risk and perception of harm.