County Plan

ALCOHOL
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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA
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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

HEROIN
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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
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

Objectives

  • 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.