Porter County Coroner Chuck Harris made this sobering statement in his 2012 annual coroner’s report: “I really hope people realize that we have one drug-related death a week in Porter County.”
This figure seems at odds with the largely rural image of Porter County, with its close proximity to Chicago and relative economic prosperity. Yet the recent string of opiate-related fatalities along with the sheer number of from local drug arrests makes it hard to argue the fact that Porter County is battling a severe drug problem.
Located at the crossroads of the Midwest, Porter County, in fact, has been labeled by the head the of U.S. Drug Control Policy as a High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area as drugs are pipelined traveling from Mexico to large cities like Chicago andDetroit.
There is hope: Addiction doesn’t have to be a life sentence. Frontline encourages those looking to get help to log onto the Frontline website at www.frontlinefoundations.com for additional resources or call (219) 728-1638.