Implant for Opioid Addiction Wins FDA Approval

Have you heard the latest news? “The FDA approved an implantable version of buprenorphine (Probuphine) to treat opioid dependence in patients who are already stable on a low dose of the drug…” Click below to read the full article by Kristina Fiore, Associat
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Porter County police save two from drug overdose

EMPOWER Porter County was able to recently help save two lives in Porter County by arranging Narcan kits to be purchased for all law enforcement departments in Porter County, with funding from the Porter County Community Foundation.  Narcan, also known as Naloxone, helps prevent
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Heroin: Not a Problem, an Epidemic

Don’t think there is a heroin problem in Porter County? Think again. Overdose deaths from heroin and other illegal drugs has reached epidemic proportions in Porter County. Moreover, the vast majority of inmates currently in Porter County Jail are there based on crimes directly r
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The Complex Process of Understanding Addiction

The answer to the question of how does someone develop substance abuse is not straightforward, as illustrated in a complex article posted on the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence’s website.  Many struggle to find the reasons why one person can use a substan
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Naloxone used for 1st time saved life in Porter County

A Porter County sheriff deputy administered a dose of drug naloxone on Saturday, December 13th to reverse an overdose of heroin.  A 21-year old woman was found unresponsive with no breath or pulse.  After administering CPR which resulted in shallow breathing, the officer qui
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New comprehensive study shows long-term effects of Marijuana use on the brain

In a recent paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas  revealed for the first time “abnormalities in brain function and structure of long-term mari
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Does your child really have ADHD?

The Centers for Disease Control has compiled the following State-based Prevalence Data of ADHD Diagnosis (2011-2012) which shows the high rate of ADHD diagnosed in the state of Indiana.     The CDC has reported a significant jump in the percentage of young people diagnosed w
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Indiana Lifeline Law could save your teen’s life

By Around the Table Staff “We have a friend here. We think he’s had too much to drink and we’d like to get an ambulance here!” Those were the words uttered into the phone at 12:15 a.m. on Aug. 3, 2012 by a young man at an underage party in Carmel, Indiana—less than three miles f
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COMMUNITY EVENTS TO BRING AWARENESS TO INDIANA LIFELINE LAW

EMPOWER Porter County is partnering with the Family and Youth Services Bureau and the Indiana Youth Services Association to bring attention throughout Porter County to the Indiana Lifeline Law and to the prescription drug epidemic in Indiana and our county. A full itinerary of communi
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Parents Teaching Teens “Responsible Drinking” is a Myth: Study

Parents who provide their teens with alcohol and a place to consume it may think they are teaching their children “responsible drinking.” A new review of studies concludes this view is misguided. Researchers found parental provision of alcohol is associated with increased teen alcohol
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