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Suspected fatal opioid ODs up in 2019 in Porter Couny

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The Porter County Coroner’s Office mid-term report, released last week, indicates that the ongoing opioid crisis is continuing, as suspected fatal overdoses increased in the first six months of 2019.

From between Jan. 1 and June 1, Coroner Cyndi Dykes’ office has confirmed 12 drug overdose deaths. “The majority of these were consistent with heroin and fentanyl abuse,” Dykes said. “We are investigating six additional deaths from the month of June that are suspected overdoses pending toxicology results.”

The half-year total: 18 cases, compared to 16 in the year-ago period.

“To combat this deadly crisis, the goal of the Coroner’s Office is to continue reaching out to schools within the county and working with local organizations, such as the Porter County Substance Abuse Council, to educate communities on the dangers of our current drug culture in an effort to reverse the drug trends plaguing our county,” Dykes said. “Our office is also working closely with law enforcement agencies in the hopes of identifying sources of these illicit drugs.”

“Porter County is losing people of all ages to addiction and no one is immune to the consequences of drug abuse,” Dykes added. “This crisis not only affects families but the communities as well, directly or indirectly.”

“I cannot stress enough to call 911 immediately if you believe someone is experiencing a drug overdose,” Dykes urged residents. “Narcan has to be administered as quickly as possible in order to reverse the overdose symptoms. If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, please contact The Porter County Substance Abuse Council at (219) 462-0946. The staff will assist in providing referrals to proper treatment facilities. Please contact the Porter County Multi-Enforcement Group at (219) 477-3136 if you suspect illegal drug activity.”



Posted 7/8/2019




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